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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
143 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/09/03
performer:
Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson
director:
Gore Verbinski
Producer:
Jerry Bruckheimer
distributor:
Walt Disney Pictures
author:
Jay Wolpert
genre:
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Johnny Depp’s endearing Keith Richards-does-Captain Kidd characterization of the double-crossing pirate Jack Sparrow is so unique that it stands out amid all the frenzied swashbuckling and zombie battling around him — no easy task. The rollicking but exhausting Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is about a half hour too long (with at least one too many numbing Jerry Bruckheimerian set pieces), but thankfully, at home you can pause the bombast to get your sea legs and take an aspirin. EXTRAS Depp’s commentary (with director Gore Verbinski) on the two-disc set is disappointingly dry, and of the THAT ACTOR WAS GREAT! SO WAS THAT PROP MAN! variety. But the banter between bubbly Keira Knightley and wickedly witty Jack Davenport (of U.K. ”Coupling” fame) is a cheeky delight: ”Oh, no, it all goes downhill,” Davenport teases when Knightley first appears on screen. The comprehensive making-of shorts spotlight the film’s impressive research, but also raise the question: Did an amusement-park-ride-based action movie really require all this historical accuracy?

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