Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

Flawlessly transporting us to a time long past with beautiful myth-making, spectacular legends, and incredible production and costume design, this is easily one of my all time favorite action films. Johnny Depp (back when he wasn't terrible) gave us an iconic character in Jack Sparrow that everyone still quotes to this day. The action is incredible, perfectly mixing CGI and practical effects, with a heavier focus on the practical, the action is also really diverse ranging from huge scale ship battles and close encounters swashbuckling, some of the smoothest transitions I've ever seen from the gigantic scale to smaller scale. The story is simple, but not dumb, the characters are layered and memorable. And the MUSIC oh my GOD, it's easily one of my favorite movie themes. I love this movie.