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Pirates Of The Caribbean - The Curse Of The Black Pearl - 1 disc [2003] - 8.97

The movie that helped breathe new life into the summer blockbuster, the success of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl is remarkable for several reasons.

Firstly, there's the unlikely source material. There's no previous history of theme park rides inspiring major hit movies, yet that's just what's happened here. Secondly, there's the patchy performance of pirate-related movies over the years (does anyone remember seeing Cutthroat Island in a cinema?). And then there's that performance from Johnny Depp, the one that had Disney executives in a flap prior to the release of the movie. His Captain Jack Sparrow is a fantastic, unlikely creation, proving to be both unpredictable yet utterly compelling. Such is his impact on the film that it's hardly surprising Depp snared an Oscar nomination for the role.

Yet Depp's performance shouldn't blind anyone to the film's many other qualities. The supporting cast, particularly the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport and Jonathan Pryce are all clearly having a whale of a time, while Gore Verbinski's pacey yet controlled direction rarely lets the momentum slow. And with all their work grounded by a quality script and worthwhile story, the end result is a film that clicks in many, many different ways.

Of course, it's now proved the inspiration for a pair of sequels, yet no matter how they turn out, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl will always stand as a quite brilliant example of what happens on those rare occasions when Hollywood blockbusters get it absolutely right. And it's a treat that can easily be enjoyed time after time.--Simon Brew

Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):

Rating: 4:
Great movie : I really enjoyed this movie and I think it is definitely the best of the trilogy. This movie is filled with comedy and it has a really good storyline.Johnnie Depp and Keira Knightly are both great actors but I don't like Orlando Bloom. The plot is basically about Elizbeth Swan being captured by pirates and they try to get the Black Pearl off her. The film is exciting and I highly reccomend it to most movie fans.

Rating: 5:
Great adventure : What can I say? This is a great adventure film - full of laughter, rum, pirates, rotten teeth :-), beautiful landscape. Great family entertainment!!!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating: 2:
not as good as the rest : Jack Sparrow is normally the funniest pirate ever. In this one he's different. He has decided to put the jokes aside get on with the story. I wasn't very impressed with this film. I thought the second and the third were a lot better. Overall it is a poor movie. 2 out of 5.

Rating: 4:
Great escapism : Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum... this is a great film. Well conceived despite being based upon a ride at Disney World, well cast, well acted, well filmed, excellent special effects, some excellent set pieces such as fights etc. lots of humour and some great twist from the expected. Some scenes may be a bit frightenning for the very young but this remains a jolly good romp which breathes new life into the pirate film genre. Get it, its good fun.

Rating: 4:
Brilliant! : After all the hype, I wasn't expecting much from the POTC films. I was wrong. A great film full of action, romance and humour. Something for everyone and a great Saturday film to watch with the kids.

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