Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ★★★★

What the Black Pearl really is... is freedom.

This was one of my favorites growing up, and it still holds up as classic adventure fantasy. Johnny Depp's reputation has waned in recent years for different reasons, but his performance here is phenomenal. He brings a uniquely eccentric charm to the character that really makes the whole movie. Not to undercut the supporting cast, there's not a weak link to be found. And with a catching score, tight script, and great action direction, the film has all the ingredients of a hit. But I can't imagine this franchise being widely successful without Depp.

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