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      27.08.2014 16:32
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      Brilliant and swashbuckling

      I love Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The first film of the series, this was the film which introduced us to Elizabeth Swan, William Turner, and the amazing, irreverent Captain Jack Sparrow.

      It's Jack who stands out in this film, played the brilliant genius that is Johnny Depp, Jack is just the right mixture of feeling and apathy. He also has some fantastic one liners and an excellent costume, make-up, et al.

      And of course, this is a fantastic swashbuckler (or, as I like to say, squashbuckler, because I'm clearly three years old,) of a film, of the type to make the great Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power proud. Swordfights and cursed pirates - the stuff that Hollywood blockbusters were essentially invented for.

      I do find Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley a little wooden at times (this is more Orlando Bloom than Keira Knightley,) but generally give sufficient performances. Geoffrey Rush clearly enjoys playing the villainous Barbossa, and does so to a giddy crescendo. The supporting cast all play their part well, but it is clearly Depp who leads the charge and becomes such an iconic character as a result.

      Of course, kids will also love this - there's nothing kids like better than pirates, villains, curses (the mystical kind as opposed to the verbal kind,) and swordfights. This remains one of my favourite films, and one of Disney's stand out blockbusters of the modern era - if you haven't seen it, I advise you buy it, rent it, borrow it, whatever - but see it! There are usually a few second-hand copies floating around the internet or second-hand shops if you're stuck.

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      19.07.2011 15:48
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      A great pirate movie!

      REVIEW INFO: This review was first published on Ciao.co.uk, under the account name b00t, which is rightfully mine. Its design has been optimized for Dooyoo.co.uk, but its contents remain the same! Please don't plagiarize and rate honestly! Enjoy.

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      Just to clear this up in advance, I don't plan to muddle your mind with long paragraphs of text and in-depth analysis of every insignificant detail, just so I could persuade you to watch this movie. Instead I will tell you about my personal experience with it and what I particularly liked/disliked about it.

      Pirates of the Caribbean is currently among the most famous and successful movie franchises of modern times and it shows just as much as it promises - a delightful and thrilling pirate adventure with likable characters! But before its many sequels were made and the merchandise began to sell worldwide, there was only The Curse of the Black Pearl. A supposedly fresh idea by Walt Disney, which was hopefully going to add something original to the sea of mediocrity we were swimming in at the time. And of course, the million dollar question - did it satisfy the viewer after it came out? You bet! So buckle up and enjoy the true ride that is The Curse of the Black Pearl!

      == Plot ==

      The movie tells the story of blacksmith Will Turner, a man who despises pirates and has sworn never to become one. But due to a twist of fate, he meets and eventually teams up with the famous pirate Jack Sparrow, in order to save Will's true love - the governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann, who is captured by Jack Sparrow's former crewmates - the cursed, undead crew of the Black Pearl ship, lead by Hector Barbossa, Sparrow's former first mate who comitted mutiny against him. As the movie and the adventure progress, Will eventually discovers that his true blood is none other than that of a pirate, meanwhile being chased by the Royal Navi who also want to get Elizabeth back to safety!

      The film has no narrator and unlike most of Disney's other films which are targeted at children, this one significantly expands the age group for viewers.

      == Cast, Characters and Acting ==

      The Curse of the Black Pearl features a marvellous cast and an even more so set of characters. The acting is magnificent and makes the story very enjoyable and believable.

      Before I begin with the obvious stars of the film, I must pay my respects for the director, the writers and the producer. I know little of Gore Verbinski's work, but the fact that he also directed The Ring, one of my horror favorites, gives him the b00t seal of approval. The writers, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, the producer, Jerry Bruckheimer - hats off to you guys! You did your job well with this movie.

      Now on to the cast, in descending order of how much they impressed me.

      Unexpectedly, the biggest star of the film is not the actor who plays the main character Will Turner, but instead the man who plays Jack Sparrow - Johnny Depp. I just don't think it would have been the same, if it weren't Depp playing that character. In fact, I very much agree with the opinion that he is the main driving force in making this movie enjoyable. But not only that, his character is brilliant too and gives the actor a great opportunity to show his skills.

      I liked Orlando Bloom's performance as well, just not as much as Depp's. Orlando plays Will Turner, the main character and for such a vital role, he does his job quite well, I should say. And for some reason, despite the fact that this man is a chick magnet and as any self-respecting guy I'm supposed to hate him and clasify him as overrated, I really don't think that way. The guy's a good actor and I'd love to see more of his movies.

      Lastly, I think it's a tie for me between Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa) and Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann). Maybe, just maybe, Geoffrey takes the lead by very little. Anyway, they both have proven to me they're good actors and ideally show the audience their characters and what their reason for being in the movie is. Good performance, not phenomenal (Elizabeth seemed a little too whiny at some parts), but I liked them overall.

      == What I Particularly Liked/Disliked About 'The Curse of the Black Pearl' ==

      = Liked =

      1. I watched just what I wanted - a good pirate movie!
      2. Entertaining and believable characters and acting.
      3. Good story.
      4. Great soundtrack.

      = Disliked =

      1. Seemed a bit too slow-paced at parts.
      2. It's too long and hard to watch without being interrupted.

      = Favorite Scenes =

      1. Jack Sparrow's introduction
      2. Ending scene
      3. Elizabeth's "eye-opening", after she talks with Barbossa on the Black Pearl
      4. Jack Sparrow/Will Turner fight scene

      == Conclusion ==

      Overall, this is a good pirate popcorn flick type of movie and I woudln't have too much trouble recommending it to most people, but it may not appeal to all, I'm pretty sure of that. It features a great cast, great characters and nice story and its special effects are pretty good too. By all means, it's not flawless or some sort of unforgettable masterpiece, but you should watch it... for Johnny Depp's amazing performance, if nothing else!

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        28.03.2011 20:29
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        The first Pirates of the Caribbean film: pure Disney fun

        Picture a time when all care was thrown to the wind, Johnny Depp donned a pirate's outfit and started stumbling around the place, and Disney made a moment of brilliance out of a theme park ride. 2003 saw the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl, the first of three (soon to be four) feature films set amidst swashbuckling adventure and piracy. The story develops somewhat in the sequels, but this first film was just pure fun.........and ALL Jack Sparrow.

        Captain Jack Sparrow is a former pirate captain. Charismatic and addicted to rum, he is in search of something. What exactly this is, we're not sure, or at least not at first. When his life crosses that of the young Will Turner, a swordsmith, and Elizabeth Swan, daughter of the local governor, the trio embark on an adventure that has them all double guessing each other's intentions. All we know is that there's a curse involved: one that has turned the entire crew of pirate ship the Black Pearl into undead soldiers, and that the destiny of our three adventurers lies deep within the origins of the curse.

        It's pure fun, this. The plot unfolds at a gentle pace and with little surprise as the minutes tick by, but what is outstanding about this film is the sheer ease with which the action and humour flow. Right from the opening few sequences where Jack and Will become each aware of the other's swordskills, it's entertaining and you never really worry. The suspense just isn't there, and this is a hard thing to achieve when you add in the frenetic music that accompanies the film.

        The dialogue is snappy and fun, and there are a plethora of one-liners you could choose from, mainly from Jack, although Will and Elizabeth certainly have a good go. The cast is also an impressive one, the lineup stretching a long way down the credits in terms of recognisable names. Johnny Depp always throws himself into his roles, and Jack Sparrow gets the full treatment here, with dizziness, ineloquence, followed straight away by complete elegance and debonair, flawed logic followed immediately by compelling argument, and all with a pirate's swagger and style, swordplay and charm. He's a joy to watch. Orlando Bloom's Will Turner is an upstanding true gent, and Bloom's very British presence is at home here. He does an excellent job of the dashing Will, and really tries to make his jaw as chiselled as possible! Keira Knightley is always best placed in roles that command a certain upper class presence, and her ability to play this sort of role, at the same time as inject a little humour and sexuality into the character makes her that much more appealing.

        While these three are definitely the stars of the show, there are some who are just as effective. Geoffrey Rush as the occasionally frightening Captain Barbossa is on fine form, doing a pirate's accent much better than his efforts at a Southern drawl in the more recent Warrior's Way. Rush is certainly a top actor, and his ability to look like he should be in charge certainly allows for his captaincy of the Pearl to be well cast here. Supporting roles such as Jack Davenport's snobbish army commodore and Jonathan Pryce's gently heroic Governor Swan are virtually eclipsed by the comedic pirates of Mackenzie Crook and Lee Arenberg, while the bumbling guards that Jack makes a fool of time and time again show off more British situational comedy skills.

        The special effects take a back seat for a lot of the film, but the scenes with the ship battles, as well as some of the action scenes are excellently controlled to make them look realistic, and the FX really step up when we see the effects the curse has had on the crew of the Pearl. It's highly impressive, and the small intricacies that director Gore Verbinski has insisted upon speak volumes as to his pride at being associated with them and his confidence at the level they soar up to.

        But the main thing about the film is just how much fun it is to watch it. You're never sure exactly whose side Jack is on until you realise he's in it for himself, but at times Depp's facial acting ability makes you wonder if even Jack has a clue what he's doing! It makes a comedic effort slot straight in and control the proceedings, and despite the majority of the rest of the main cast giving performances that are actually rather strait laced and unfunny, the combination of them and Depp results in this being a good laugh, high entertaining action and a thoroughly enjoyable tale with nothing overly complicated and nothing to confuse you. You can watch this while switching off and find it great; or when you need something a bit more involving and need a a stimulus. There's something here for everyone. Young kids may get spooked by the more horror based moments, even though there is humour there as well, so be warned. Overall, a fantastic film that I highly recommend. The sequel didn't quite match this one for fun, but certainly deepened the plot and heightened the action. Both entered into Empire's Top 500 films of all time, although the third, a bit of a mind bender, did not. Recommended.

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          16.04.2010 16:25
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          The Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney story presented in four individual films. The first one was The Curse of the Black Pearl which I am going to review now. It was released in 2003. The next ones are Dead Man's Chest (2006), At World's End (2007) and On Stranger Tides (2011).

          The Curse of the Black Pearl is an adventure film starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski (The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. I think Bruckheimer's name is guarantee for quality film. He was the producer of such successful TV series as the CSI series (all the 3) or Without a Trace but he produced several films as well: Top Gun, ConAir, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Pearl Harbour, etc.

          The Curse of the Black Pearl's premiere was at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and the film brought unexpected success. It was nominated for 5 Academy Awards.


          Main cast
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          Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow
          Keira Knightley - Elizabeth Swann (Governor Swann's daughter)
          Orlando Bloom - Will Turner (blacksmith)
          Johnathan Pryce - Governor Weatherby Swann
          Geoffrey Rush - Captain Barbossa (Captain of the Black Pearl)
          Jack Davenport - Commodore Norrington (Royal Navy Officer)


          Plot
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          Young Elizabeth and his father Governor Swann are on board of the vessel HMS Dauntless when they find an attacked ship with only one survivor, a young boy. The boy was unconscious so they brought it to the board of Dauntless where Elizabeth finds the gold medallion of the boy and she hides it. She took the medallion off because she was afraid that the crew would accuse the boy with piracy. After the boy waked up he told he was Will Turner. After the crew took Will on board they saw the Black Pearl fading at the horizon.

          The film skips eight years when Governor Swann brings a very fashionable dress to his daughter and asks her to join him to the promotion ceremony of Commodore Norrington. She puts on the dress which is extremely tight as it was made with corset. She can hardly take breath. After the promotion ceremony Commodore Norrington proposes Elizabeth but before she could answer she fainted and falls off into the bay.

          Luckily Captain Jack Sparrow was close enough to jump into the water and save her. He realised that she was fainted because of the corset so he took it off. He saved Elizabeth's life. Commodore Norrington recognizes Jack Sparrow as a pirate and arrested him. He uses Elizabeth as a shield to escape. He runs into the blacksmith shop of Will Turner. They fight heavily until they wake up Mr. Brown who hits Jack's head with a bottle. Jack Sparrow goes to the jail. Guess who helps him to escape! No, you knew the answer! That is cheating! Yes, Will Turner. And why did he help? No, this time I won't tell you the answer. Watch the film and you will find out.


          My opinion
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          I understand now why the film was such a great success. I really loved it. It had a brilliant screenplay so the story was fast developing, there were twists in it and the characters were well presented. This film had depth if you understand what I want to tell. It wasn't a simple pirate story there were action, love and pirate plots as well. It was really engaging and almost believable. Well it had fantasy elements as well but more or less it was realistic.

          The performance of the characters was brilliant. I really loved Captain Jack Sparrow. Not only because Johnny Depp is a handsome man but because of his performance which was brilliant. He was a real pirate and this role fitted him extremely well. I haven't seen Keira Knightley acting before and she was a very nice surprise for me. She was pretty and acted wonderfully. She was a perfect match for the role of Elizabeth. In this film she had easy tasks but in the sequels... She was really brilliant too. The other surprise for me was Orlando Bloom. I knew his name only from news until the day I watched this film. He is a handsome actor too and he was extremely good in the fighting scenes. I really liked his performance in the film. Geoffrey Rush wasn't handsome in the role of Captain Barbossa at all. He acted brilliantly and he was like a real pirate. He was really frightening occasionally.

          The music of the film was published on a CD but I have to admit that I can't recall anything of it. Not because my memory is so bad but it matched the actual scene of the film so well that it was hardly noticeable. It helped the pictures being more realistic and helping me imagine the atmosphere of the environment in the film. I think the composer has done a brilliant job.

          You can buy the DVD in Tesco for 5 pounds or from Amazon for 3.90 pounds. I think it is well worth this price as it was a really good film. You can buy it on blu-ray as well. On Amazon the blu-ray costs 16.99 pounds. If you haven't seen it yet I suggest you watching it. Surprisingly good film.

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            15.03.2010 18:55
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            Johnny Depp is brilliant

            This is the first movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and for me was the best one by far. I also think this is Johnny Depp's best and funniest performance in this movie and he was brilliant as Captain Jack Sparrow. I have now seen this film many times since it's release in 2003 and have loved it every time I have watched. It was definately a very hyped up movie before it's release and in my opinion doesn't disappoint.

            The story starts a few years earlier and we see a young girl by the name of Elizabeth Swann travelling on a ship with her father who is Governor Weatherby Swann. She is singing pirate songs and is told by the crew to stop as this will bring bad luck to the ship and it's crew. During the time on the ship they pick up a young boy by the name of Will Turner who is found floating in the ocean. Elizabeth is tasked with looking after him and she takes a medallion from him that he was wearing.

            The movie then jumps several years later and Elizabeth is awakened from a dream that she is having about Will and when they first met a long time ago. She tries on the medallion for size. We find out that Will and Elizabeth have stayed friends over the years.

            And so this signals the entrance of Captain Jack Sparrow who arrives in town on a boat that is slowly sinking. He is promptly arrested on his arrival in port after rescuing Elizabeth who faints and falls into the ocean. The reason for his capture and arrest is because he is a pirate. While trying to escape he is engaged in a sword fight with Will Turner and is captured again to be hung the next day.

            However, that night the Black Pearl which is a Pirate Ship, sails into the harbour and attacks the port. Many are killed and Elizabeth is kidnapped. Will discovers she has been kidnapped and vows to get her back. However, he will need to get help from Jack Sparrow in order to rescue her.

            The reason Elizabeth has been kidnapped by Captain Barbossa of the Black Pearl is to do with the medallion which holds the key to a curse that has been imposed on him and his crew. With the story set up the real fun begins on the high seas with a host of weird and wonderful characters and pirates alike. I found it extremely funny and a high paces action/adventure movie.

            The film really caught my attention and interest from start to finish and I was never bored as there's always something going on. It's an adventure movie of the best kind with plenty of action and laughs along the way. For young children I think a few scenes are a bit scary and violent so probably not recommended for them.

            For me though the real star of the show by a long way was Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow who is a pirate but not a very good one. Whenever he was in a scene I thought the way he played the character was hilarious and it's with him that there are the most laughs as he is central to most of the story. He plays Jack in a kind of camp sort of way and almost seems drunk half the time.

            All, in all with Depp at his best and the supporting cast brilliant this is a must see action/adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

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              An excellent swashbuckler of an adventure!

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              Captain Jack Sparrow: Johnny Depp
              Elizabeth Swann: Keira Knightley
              Will Turner: Orlando Bloom
              Barbossa: Geoffrey Rush
              Pintel: Lee Arenberg
              Ragetti: Mackenzie Crook


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              When Barbossa kidnaps Elizabeth Swan and steals both Jack's ship and the last piece of Aztec gold, Will Turner and Jack Sparrow, a blacksmith and a pirate, team up to search for and retrieve all three of these items. Barbossa has been cursed; but how and why? Why does he need Elizabeth?

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              This film was amazing; much better than the following two. Everyone seems to have heard about this film, and most have watched it, making it extremely popular with everyone.

              The all-star cast make it a great film; although all of the performances are of course overshadowed by Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack; an eccentric, hilarious pirate who obviously doesn't take life too seriously. Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom both play their parts excellently, and you can really believe everything is happening. Geoffrey Rush is brilliant as Barbossa; he really acts as a great villain.

              The storyline is outstanding; its uniqueness is a huge plus for me. I don't really enjoy action/adventure style films, but this one is by far the best; it has everything you could possibly want - heroes, villains, action, 'damsels in distress', and a little bit of violence (we all like to see a bit of blood shed, do we not?). I enjoyed the fact that, the first time I saw it, I didn't know what was going to happen next in many cases, and that's a really big part of films.

              The special effects and make-up made the film look and feel genuine; Johnny Depp really looked like a pirate and Geoffrey Rush really looked like a villain. The explosions and the cannons firing looked realistic and made the audience really feel a part of the film. The cursed pirates are extremely realistic, but I'm sure you'll notice this when you watch the film!

              The soundtrack is better than any other film I've seen; like the Harry Potter films, the main theme does really stick in your head, and if you hear it anywhere, you can instantly recognise it as the Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune. I enjoyed the dramatic sounds that the soundtrack gives, adding a really good effect to the whole film.

              I would definitely fully recommend this film; although I don't really like the second and third ones, this one is amazing and everyone should see it. A full 10/10 from me!

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                Amazing costumes and great story

                A great film full of action packed adventures and beautiful people. I love this film who would not love a film with the beautiful Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and of course for the guys Keira Knightly, what a crew.

                The film contains pirates of a nature that has never been seen before and it does an amazing job. The film was filmed out in the caribbean and has beautiful pictures with amazing quality.

                The film is set in the 18th century when pirates ruled the seven seas and sword fighting was nothing unusual. When big hair and tight corsets were all the rage. Hanging was still legal and pirates often ended this way, however there is a twist with this film with pirates who turn into skeletons and cursed treasure.
                The story contains an amazing twist when william finds out who his real dad is and will he find love with elizabeth. You would tink that this film ends like any other but infact it is a real cliff hanger making you want to watch the following sequence.

                This film shows women as just women and men being supieror but yet Elizabeth brakes all the majour roles of women and comes through as a herione arfraid of nothing and no one. She fights with her head and heart to find out who she really loves and has a lead role along side jack and will.

                Jack played by Johnny Depp is a fantastic character and you are never sure if he is a goody or a bady. He is so funny and so loveable someone who keeps you very entertained. Making the film complete.


                Do not miss this amazing film. It is not just a girly film about love it is also for the guys with the action packed adventures it contains.

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                great pirate film

                The curse of the black pearl is the first instalment of the pirates of the Caribbean series, and probably my favourite one from the whole series as well.

                The plot of the film is about a young sword maker called Will Turner, who is in love with the daughter of the governor. Many years ago, he was washed up onto a boat and saved as a little boy, but only Elizabeth knew he was a pirate as he had a piece of Aztec gold medallion on him, which she kept treasured and hidden.

                The film then shows the character of captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, and played very well, a fun comical pirate who has a really nice side to him as well as a wacky side, turns up at the port after losing him ship, to the other pirates who got rid of him. He saves Elizabeth from drowning however when the people see he's a pirate they lock him up. However when he is locked up, Captain Barbosa who took over the black pearl from Jack turns up at the port in hope of finding this Aztec gold which he is missing. In the battle between the pirates and the town of port royal, Jack manages to escape from jail where he meets Will and gets into a full blown sword fight, the first of many great fighting scenes in the movie, if that's your thing. However when this is going on, Elizabeth is being taken away from the port and sailed out to see by the other pirates, therefore the unlikely pairing of Will and Jack have to come together in order to chase the pirates down and save her.

                This is a really great film, there aren't many pirate films that aren't outdated now so its nice to see a modern pirate film, it's a good one for all the family, whether you like a love story, or just want to see some pirate fighting, its got a good storyline and great acting to keep everyone entertained.

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                03.02.2010 09:57
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                Pirates, romance, comedy all in one movie

                This review is for the film only. 

                This film first came to Uk cinemas in 2003 and stood alone until the sequels 'Dead Man's Chest' and 'At World's End' came along in 2006 and 2007 respectively.  I believe this film brought the pirate gendre of film to a new generation. In the 1940's and 1950's pirate films were very popular through the portrayls by such actors as Burt Lancaster. However in recent years pirates have been looked over in favour of films concentrating on outer space, lonely single women and disasters. 

                Pirates of the Caribbean  - Curse of the Black Pearl is a film with a few story strands interweaving throughout. The first strand is William Turner played by Orlando Bloom. The film opens with him being rescued from the sea as a young boy with the governer's daughter taking a coin from him while he was unconscious. It then cuts to several years later when he is a trainee blacksmith and trying to distance himself from pirates altogether.  Then comes along Captain Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp ). He is a brilliant case of looks can be deceiving. A good example of this is when among his possessions when he is captured is a compass which is described as being broken. It turns out this is not the case but the true relevance of said compass comes into play much later in the story. His main aim in life is to get his ship back - The Black Pearl.  Elizabeth Swan, the governer's daughter likes the idea of pirates, maybe because her life isn't as exciting as it could be. This could be why she keeps Will's coin for so many years before giving it back to him. She definately doesn't appreicate the latest fashions which her father buys her in the hope she will impress the commadore. A life as a naval officer's wife in luxury clearly does not suit as well as high adventure on the high seas so Elizabeth stands up to the pirates and gets captured on their ship. 

                Disney produced this film and have basically brought the pirate film into the 21st century by making things more equal. At one stage Will, who finally admits he has feelings for Elizabeth, saves her from the pirates. Then later in the film she is involved in saving Will.  The special effects even now after so many viewings of the film still amaze me. Without spoiling the film some characters are cursed when in moonlight. This means the effects when they move from a cabin onto a moonlit deck are amazing. This was a summer blockbuster when it first came out and to be honest it lives up to all the hype. Definately one to watch.

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                  enjoyable pirate film

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                  Introduction

                  The Pirates of the Caribbean movie series began in 2003 with the release of the first film The Curse of the Black pearl. It is a Disney movie and the name actually comes from a ride at Walt Disney theme parks. Pirates of the Caribbean is a sweeping action-adventure movie set in an era when villainous pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas. The film has led to two further releases with a fourth film expected to be released in 2011. The first film was a big success and mostly got positive reviews and was also nominated for five academy awards including one for Johnny Depp for best actor.

                  Plot

                  This film follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), a rogue pirate and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), a blacksmith by trade. They are searching for Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Elizabeth is the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life. She has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Together, they must battle a band of the world's most treacherous pirates who are led by the cursed Captain Barbossa, in order to save Elizabeth as well as recover the lost treasure that Jack seeks. They also seek to lift the curse of the Pirates of the Caribbean and their ship The Black pearl.

                  Opinion

                  This is a fantastic movie full of action, adventure and also humor. This is a movie to sit back and enjoy. It is funny, fast-paced and there are good performances from all of the cast.Johnny Depp is the real star of the movie and gives one of his best performances as the slightly camp Captain Jack Sparrow. He has plenty of witty and funny lines and his mannerisms and behaviour are very entertaining. Keira Knightley in one of her first big roles coming after Bend it like Beckham also does well and plays well against both Orlando Bloom as her love interest and Depp. Overall a very enjoyable pirate film. I think it is the best one of the series as is the case with most originals.

                  Film details:

                  Directed by: Gore Verbinski

                  Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer

                  Written by Screenplay:

                  Ted Elliott
                  Terry Rossio

                  Story:
                  Ted Elliott
                  Terry Rossio
                  Stuart Beattie
                  Jay Wolpert

                  Starring:

                  Johnny Depp
                  Orlando Bloom
                  Keira Knightley
                  Geoffrey Rush
                  Jack Davenport
                  Jonathan Pryce

                  Distributed by:

                  Walt Disney Pictures
                  Buena Vista Pictures

                  Release date:

                  United Kingdom:
                  August 8, 2003

                  Running time: 143 min

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                    A fun, silly ride

                    note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

                    I must confess that the Pirates of the Caribbean films didn't take me as much as they seemed to most people - I admire the craft involved, and Johnny Depp is rather good as Captain Jack Sparrow, but people seem to try and elevate it beyond the daft adventure fare that it is. For that purpose, it's a great fun outing, but it's not anything more than cheesy fun. Still, for a film based on a theme park ride, it's a pretty great effort.

                    The film opens a a pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is to be hanged for his acts of piracy, theft and murder. However, he managed to escape. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), a young beautiful woman, is captured by other pirates, whilst Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), a young man madly in love with her, sets off to try and free her. This ultimately results in all the threads converging, with Elizabeth meeting up with Captain Jack, and an unlikely partnership beginning, where Jack agrees to help her if she'll help him stop Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) from breaking the curse of the Black Pearl, which will make him and his evil band of pirates virtually indestructible and able to rule the seas.

                    This is a film with great style indeed - the visual effects are very impressive and considering the chaos on-screen, the carnage is well directed by Gore Verbinski. The unqualified delight is Depp, but Geoffrey Rush is also superb as the villainous Barbossa.

                    The best film in a highly overrated series. The sense of scale in this film has to be respected, and to be fair, the film was highly enjoyable, namely due to the performances of Rush, and moreso, Depp. It's a shame corporate greed forced two more highly unnecessary sequels that didn't live up to this.

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                    Good old fashioned family fun that will appeal to all

                    This is first in a series of 3 (soon to be 4) fims from Disney, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom.

                    When this film came out I was in seventh heaven, Depp and Bloom in the same film together. It has all the required elements for a good film, good cast, beautiful scenery and some cracking adventure. The only thing it really lacks is a story, however that does not matter too much. It did not bother Disney too much either as they went on to make 2 more and will probably make a 4th. Don't get me wrong I am not critisising the film. I loved it. If I want depth of story I watch somthing like Atonement or Schindlers list. If I want rollocking adventure and good looking chaps then Pirates has this in spades.

                    Johnny Depp is amazing as Captain Jack Sparrow. Yes he is overacting, not so much hamming it up as bringing his own pig farm, but that does not matter. He has created a classic character in Jack Sparrow that is a hero, a little bit villanous and a clown at the same time.

                    Orlando Blook gets the real hero part, although he does get a few comic moments and he is georgous. I loved him as Legolas in Lord of the Rings and I think he is brilliant in this role. He can buckle my swash anytime.

                    Keira Knightly is great in this part of the fiesty heroine. I think that she is vastly underated just because she is pretty, she can do the comedy well and looks the part.

                    Well the story is a bit thin, Ghost Pirates have to reposes a piece of eight taken from cursed gold to reverse a curse. Said Pirates kidnapp the Govenors daughter who has the gold piece. Orphaned pirate child Orlando bloom falls for said Governers daughter and worships her from afar and pursues her to rescue her from evil pirates. What then ensues is a rip roaring race around the Caribean interspersed with hilarious turns from Depp, members of the Ghost crew and a monkey.

                    This is a real old fashioned fun family film of the type that Disney are so good at. It appeals to kids and adults alike and if critics write it off I think it is because they have lost their inner kid.

                    I walked out of the cinema feeling like I did when I used to go and watch films like Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the lost Ark or Star Wars. It left me with a real adrenalin high. smiling and giggling like a kid.

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                    Great adventure film

                    Pirates of the Carribean is one of my most favourite set of films of all time, with fantastic storylines, great characters, and epic adventures. Originally a ride at Disneyland, Pirates of the Carribean captured the imaginations of millions of viewers beginning in 2003, with The Curse of The Black Pearl.
                    Captain Jack Sparrow, a rogue and unconventional pirate, played brilliantly by Johnny Depp, has lost his ship, The Black Pearl, to his arch enemy, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Barbossa attacks the town of Port Royal and captures the governor's daughter Elizabeth (Keira Knightly). Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) sets off in attempt to rescue her, calling reluctantly of the help of Jack. However, the task in made harder by the fact that Barbossa and his crew are cursed to live forever.
                    The movie is fantastic with great excitment, realistic effects, and epic adventure, made all the more incredible by Johnny Depp's brilliant depiction of the unorthodox pirate, Jack Sparrow.
                    I would highly recommend this film for its originality and entertainment and it is certainly one of my most favourite films of all time.

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                      This is an umbelivable film that really has set a new level for pirate movies!

                      Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse Of The Black Pearl really is a fantastic film that will I'm sure be enjoyed by all. The film was originally released in 2003 and stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightly who are all brilliant in the film. This film really is action packed and full of entertainment as well as providing some comedy. The tagline for this film is "Prepare to be blown out of the water" and this really is the case with this superb film that I would highly recommend. I bought this film for £10 from HMV but you can now get it for less than £3.50 which is a remarkable deal for such a well produced film.

                      The film is about the thrilling and very exciting adventure of the rather strange Captain Jack Sparrow who dreams of a pirate life style that he no longer has. Captain Barbossa steals his ship which is called the Black Pearl and with it later attacks the Royal Port and takes Elizabeth with him. As a result of this Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth's friend Will Sparrow who is very noble attempt to rescue her despite the obvious danger lying ahead. Jack Sparrow and Will Turner join together as a result despite their differences and attempt to get backwhat they have lsot from their lives in this epic adventure that really must be seen. It really is full of suspense and Will Turner is the person who the crew are looking for because they need his blood to undue to the curse dured upon them.

                      I really thought that this film was excellent and I cannot recommend it enough, it would make a fantastic film to watch with friends and family and it is also a very good film for entertainment. It is a relatively long film of 137 minutes and is full of action scenes and comedy that will keep you entertained throughout. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!

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                        See it immediately for maximum enjoyment!

                        When this film was released in 2003, it rapidly became my favourite film, and stayed the owner of that status for a very long time. In fact, although it may not be my ultimate favourite anymore, it is still most certainly up there with my favourite of films. Now that has got to count for something. I'm sure I am not alone in thinking this IS one of the greatest films ever produced.

                        Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl could lend some of its success to its two main creators. A certain Gore Verbinski followed up his succesful works such as 'Mouse Hunt' and 'The Ring' in directing this magnificent epic.
                        Not alone, he had the help of producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who, lets face it, has produced every single film ever made! Well almost . . . Among his CV are some of the greatest films ever produced so it is no real surprise that the combination of these two went together as smooth as melted butter and created such a great movie.
                        Don't believe me? Check out the gross revenue from this film. Over $654 million dollars didnt just appear for no reason.

                        With this particular production team, and a budget of $140 million, you should already be assuming that the 143 minute film that came from this combination was going to be, lets say, worth a watch or two!

                        So, already a huge predicted success and you haven't even heard who is in it yet! Well, think of some of the greatest actors/actresses, and add them to this film and you have an epic.

                        Will Turner, who is arguably the main character, is played by Lord of the Rings' Legoals' and all round beloved actor, Orlando Bloom. A humble blacksmith to begin, he soon follows his heart, breaking a pirate out of jail and stealing a large vessel in attempt to hopefully rescue his love, Elizabeth Swann. Orlando plays a fun character who, although breaks a lot of rules, gets backed by the audience and easily becomes a fans favourite. In my opinion, he plays his on par (with Legolas) best role and is definately an enjoyable addition to the movie.

                        Turners love interest, Miss Elizabeth Swann was obviously going to be a big name. And, you don't get much bigger than Keira Knightley. You also rarely get better! In general, she is an amazing actress, but something about her in this film really makes her fit in even more with her character. This film is set in historic times, and for some reason, she completely fits in with the time period in which her role is set. Not only that, but she completes an astounding performance as the Governors daughter and is easily one of the best characters in the film.

                        The loveable, but technically bad guy, pirate in the form of Captain Jack Sparrows is magnificently played by Johnny Depp in this, his best ever role in a film, I would say so anyway. Again, arguably the main character, he is actually quite funny at times, a small genre addition that expands the vast quality of this film.

                        The fourth main character contender comes in the form of actual bad guy pirate Captain Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush. Having not seen him in many other films, I eagerly watched his performance in hoping he was as good an actor as the others. I can safely say that he most definately was! Obviously not as loveable as the others, he added mystery to the film in the form of being captain of the cursed pirates, which, as the storyline goes, is a main aspect of the movie. It was apparent that this character is feared by many, including the audience and adds a fearsome aspect to the movie.

                        Many other great actors are present in this film, and each and every one of them were excellent, however not as big household names as the main four. One that does deserve a mention however, is one of the pirates', Mackenzie Crook, (The Offices' Gareth Keenan). Playing a sligtly 'dumb' character, he forces most of the laughs, especially when his removeable eyes falls out at the most inconvenient of times. Just look out for the scene when a certain item of cutelry becomes an unwanted addition to his face - priceless !

                        The Curse of The Black Pearl is a film that contains a lot, ranging from great acting, through a magnificent storyline, whilst containing comedy and surprises along the way. There are also some wonderful fight scenes throughout the film, and it is also very interesting to see how things operated in those times in that area.

                        This was not one of my favourite films for nothing. If you haven't already seen this movie, then waste no more time. See it immediately for maximum enjoyment!

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                        You won't need a bottle of rum to enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, even if you haven't experienced the Disneyland theme-park ride that inspired it. There's a galleon's worth of fun in watching Johnny Depp's androgynous performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, a roguish pirate who could pass for the illegitimate spawn of rockers Keith Richards and Chrissie Hynde. Depp gets all the good lines and steals the show, recruiting Orlando Bloom (a blacksmith and expert swordsman) and Keira Knightley (a lovely governor's daughter). They set out on an adventurous quest to recapture the notorious Black Pearl, a ghost ship commandeered by Jack's nemesis Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a mutineer desperate to reverse the curse that left him and his (literally) skeleton crew in a state of eternal, undead damnation. Director Gore Verbinski (The Ring) repeats the redundant mayhem that marred his debut film Mouse Hunt, but with the writers of Shrek he's made Pirates of the Caribbean into a special-effects thrill-ride that plays like a Halloween party on the open seas. --Jeff Shannon