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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg, Brye Cooper
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Disney  & Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Sure, bring them along.
Date Movie: Sure, bring her along.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Mostly skeletons getting broken.
Action: Lots.
Laughs: Lots.
Memorable Scene: Nothing stands out specifically.
Memorable Quote: Too many one-liners.
Directed By: Gore Verbinski
Produced By: Jerry Bruckheimer

Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:13 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
It's been questioned if you can really make a good pirate movie. You know what? You can, as long as you don't take yourself too seriously. Such is the case with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

Johnny Depp plays Jack Sparrow, a pirate. He's pretty much misunderstood, and somewhat out of it mentally. Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) is the daughter of the Governor, in love with Will (Orlando Bloom), but being set up to marry Norrington (Jack Davenport). As it turns out, Elizabeth is also in possession of a medallion, and not just any medallion. It seems years ago some pirates stole some loot, only it was cursed leaving all of those who stole the loot cursed to a life where they couldn't be killed, and also turned into ghostly skeletons in the moonlight. They're stuck this way until they can get the medallion returned, along with some blood of the pirateís descendent. Well, these pirates end up kidnapping Elizabeth, sure that she and the medallion are the things to get their lives back, and Will knows the only way to get her back is to enlist the help of Jack Sparrow who knows where to find the pirates. So he busts Jack out of jail, they round up some helpers, and it's off to find the bad guys.

That's enough of the story to get you started because you can probably figure out the rest. As far as the movie there were two things that really made the movie a treat: Johnny Depp's portrayal of Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as the evil pirate Barbossa. Depp kept Sparrow as a goofball pirate, always seeming like he's a little drunk and a little off his rocker, and Rush keeping Barbossa as a good bad guy. The others all did well, but without the strengths of those two, the movie probably wouldn't have clicked on the levels it did.

I enjoyed the levity of the movie, and although some people complained about the movie being over two hours, I thought it clicked along pretty well. Jerry Bruckheimer didn't turn it into an overblown action movie, and Gore Verbinski did a nice job of keeping things moving along. The kids in the theater seemed to enjoy the movie, even those under the 13 mark, and I enjoyed it too. For me it's 4 stars out of 5. Itís just a fun movie for all.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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