Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: July 9, 2003
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grandpajoe6191Sep 24, 2011
"The Curse of the Black Pearl" is a movie that focuses too much on preposterous humor. It kills the movie, but Johnny Depp's performance is the sole thing that saves the messy film.
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SimG.Oct 29, 2005
Poor film in many aspects, but an amazing performance by Depp, one of the best actors in the modern game.
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RayzorMooseNov 12, 2013
Pirates sets sail with a witty plot.
Pirates of the Caribbean succeeds with great acting from the likes of Johnny Depp who brings his character an irreplaceable flare. The movie never falls flat but never becomes great with an average plot.
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TimL.Jul 9, 2003
To a large extent, Bruckheimer and his ilk represent everything wrong with Hollywood. Producing overworked, underedited, bloated bits of cinema, their movies drive quality standards down and ticket prices up. "Pirates" is no exception, as To a large extent, Bruckheimer and his ilk represent everything wrong with Hollywood. Producing overworked, underedited, bloated bits of cinema, their movies drive quality standards down and ticket prices up. "Pirates" is no exception, as the film feels terribly overdone and full of itself. Few characters come alive -- be they skeletons or sentimental sailors -- and the story longs to land legitimate momentum or force. Sure, there are plenty of summer "popcorn" films; this one, however, will probably leave you burnt. Expand
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RajS.Jul 9, 2003
I agree with Tim L. even though he bought the Fantastic Four shirt I wanted!
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JohnY.Jul 11, 2003
I really wanted to like this movie. Depp gives an original performance, and the movie contains a visually stunning atmosphere. Yet, the film's not light enough on it's feet; I expected more clever and witty dialogue. If the lines I really wanted to like this movie. Depp gives an original performance, and the movie contains a visually stunning atmosphere. Yet, the film's not light enough on it's feet; I expected more clever and witty dialogue. If the lines coming out of Depp's mouth were better, then we'd have a historic character in the making. Instead, what we have is an actor's actor bringing some much needed enjoyment to a film barely staying above water. Expand
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JoeJul 12, 2003
The beginning of "Pirates" was fun, the middle was confusing, and the end was pretty unwatchable. But if you need to watch a movie, it's worth a matinee for the beginning AND Johnny Depp, who gives one of the strangest, funniest and The beginning of "Pirates" was fun, the middle was confusing, and the end was pretty unwatchable. But if you need to watch a movie, it's worth a matinee for the beginning AND Johnny Depp, who gives one of the strangest, funniest and most memorable performances I've seen in a while. He looks more like a marcher in a gay pride parade than a pirate. It's probably more fun for Depp to act that way, and it's more fun for us to watch. Expand
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EricN.Jul 10, 2003
It's Jerry Bruckheimer, what do you expect? Wonderful set design, terrible editing. Being too long and too predictable is a deadly combo. Everyone else in the theater seemed to enjoy the humor--I found it sophomoric. Jonny Depp made it It's Jerry Bruckheimer, what do you expect? Wonderful set design, terrible editing. Being too long and too predictable is a deadly combo. Everyone else in the theater seemed to enjoy the humor--I found it sophomoric. Jonny Depp made it bearable. Expand
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BitBurnJul 15, 2003
This movie was alright. A little weak acting from Mr.Depp but it was ok. But personally, I could have wait for the Dvd rental in 6 months!
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DaveC.Aug 7, 2003
Not too bad for a piece of Jerry Bruckheimer Hollywood fluff. The plot is surprisingly but the dialogue is silly and comic relief is always included in moments that you would want to take seriously. Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are Not too bad for a piece of Jerry Bruckheimer Hollywood fluff. The plot is surprisingly but the dialogue is silly and comic relief is always included in moments that you would want to take seriously. Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are excellent as the dead pirates, which is more than what can be said for Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly who still can't act. The ending sucks too and will leave a bad taste in your mouth. All in all, this is the best film Jerry Bruckheimer has ever produced (and yes, I know that doesn't say much). I'd particularly recommend this to fans of the 1999 remake of the Mummy. It's done in a very similar style and doesn't require you to use your brain. Expand
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GregSep 14, 2003
Just a bit too silly and a good 30 minutes too long. Watchable but not a classic!
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KenG.Jan 19, 2004
Whew, what a disappointment...sure, Johnny Depp was fab-five-ulous (when isn't he?), but the movie is about 30 minutes too long and filled with great looking sets but no heart.
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PatC.Dec 1, 2003
This was chewing gum for the eyes. Nice flavor, no aftertaste.
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ChadS.Jul 17, 2003
"Cutthroat Island" isn't "Hudson Hawk"-bad like it's purported to be and deserves a second look. There's nothing wrong with making a traditional pirate movie. Johnny Depp's performance is a landmark in the "Cutthroat Island" isn't "Hudson Hawk"-bad like it's purported to be and deserves a second look. There's nothing wrong with making a traditional pirate movie. Johnny Depp's performance is a landmark in the post-"Terminator II" era of special effects-laden movies because he tries to upstage the CGI rather than give a rote line-reading. But the playful spirit he invests in his role and the movie is snuffed out by the need to wow the audience with skeletal buccaneers. If the film was as loopy as the captain, the screenplay would've prescribed a different life for Elizabeth at the film's end. There's a hegemony between Depp and the movie, and it's too bad that blandness wins when Knightley chooses domesticity. Expand
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NoelT.Sep 23, 2003
Ok actual movie plot set aside, I just want to focus on Johhny Depp. This is his worst acting job I have ever seen. Capt. Jack Sparrow is nothing more than Hunter S. Thompson from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in a pirate hat. You should Ok actual movie plot set aside, I just want to focus on Johhny Depp. This is his worst acting job I have ever seen. Capt. Jack Sparrow is nothing more than Hunter S. Thompson from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in a pirate hat. You should play them side by side, they have the same speech patterns, same cadence , they even stumble around in a similar fashion. Not cool Johhny, not cool. Expand
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patrickd.Nov 4, 2005
It was fun, but I have no clue how people can say it was the best movie they've in in their whole lives. I think it's overrated. It was based on a ride!
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joao1198pedroNov 22, 2014
The first movie of this franchise is really fascinating, it has a good storyline and a great character(in this case the one played by johnny deep), it is a really fun adventure movie.
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FilmClubMar 27, 2016
Both the best and worst film ever inspired by a theme park ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean” will pose a unique challenge to the various year’s-end awards-giving entities, which will have to decide if the picture is an original or actually anBoth the best and worst film ever inspired by a theme park ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean” will pose a unique challenge to the various year’s-end awards-giving entities, which will have to decide if the picture is an original or actually an adaptation of something, even if that something has no narrative or name characters. On second thought, it’s safe to say the issue will almost certainly not come up, given that the script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio doesn’t come within a sea-dog’s spitting distance of these clever writers’ work on “Shrek.” Still, this Jerry Bruckheimer production could have been a lot worse, given the premise, and enough disarming humor, engaging acting and colorful action bursts through to keep things amusing enough for about 90 of the picture’s uncalled-for 143 minutes.

Undaunted, Disney and Bruckheimer have jumped in with colors flown high, sabers firmly in hand and CGI artists employed en masse, and the picture does represent something new for each of them: this is the first time that the “Walt Disney Presents” banner has been used on a PG-13 release, and it also marks the first Bruckheimer production set prior to the 20th century.

Hinging on a gold medallion much coveted by the miserable lot who sail under the skull and crossbones on the Black Pearl, action unsurprisingly pits the ragged ruffians under the command of the infamous Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) against the British crown, repped here by Caribbean isles Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce) and the area’s naval leader, Commodore Norrington (Jack Davenport). Latter is a terribly serious fellow keen to marry Swann’s fetchingly feisty teenage daughter Elizabeth (Keira Knightley).

The wild card in the mix is Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), a rather dippy pirate who unceremoniously arrives in Port Royal in desperate need of a ship. Just as he is managing to humiliate the Brits by commandeering the H.M.S. Interceptor out of harbor, the city is attacked by Barbossa’s goons. The latter kidnap Elizabeth, who eight years before found the medallion from Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) when he washed up on a raft after a pirate attack.

Narrative has the medallion changing hands, and Jack’s loyalties tested, at least once too often, and in the final stretch — and it is that — the filmmakers pile apparent climax upon apparent climax to such an extent that it really is impossible to know if they’re faking it.

Still, the picture’s constant forward movement and breezy sense of amusement about itself provide a certain mild sort of diversion. Dialogue is peppered with chuckle-inducing, often self-deprecating riffs, Gore Verbinski’s direction has a nimble lightness of touch that’s far preferable to a heavy hand, the action has moments of flair, and the canvas has been painted with attractive colors (even if sometimes too obviously so by CGI doodlers).

But most surprisingly for a theme-park ride movie, it’s the two central performances that command the most attention. Elaborately decked out with a bandana, raccoon-like black eye makeup, dreadlocks, two beard braids and lousy teeth (there’s a screen credit “dental special effects for Johnny Depp”), the magnetic star cuts an unusual figure magnified in oddness by the eccentric layerings he gives to Jack Sparrow.

Frequently slurring his words but usually intelligible (Depp also had two specially credited sound technicians), the actor makes his character convincingly half-daft, with fey mannerisms that raise even more interesting questions. Although there is no specific referencing, Depp’s turn here nonetheless puts one in mind of some of Marlon Brando’s more oddball screen outings, which often ended up being the most interesting elements in those pictures even if they weren’t particularly coherent or even plausible.

Hitting exactly the right tone is Rush, who in every way fulfills the universal fantasy of what a treacherous, bloodthirsty and capable pirate captain should be. Thesp single-handedly makes all his scenes more delicious than they would be without him and provides a satisfying foil for Depp, as well as a fascinating contrast in acting styles.

Bloom is fine, but can do only so much with his conventional role, while Knightley, currently on view in “Bend It Like Beckham,” specializes here in striking determined, willful poses while in positions of dire jeopardy.
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