Phillip Duggan (sparhawk2k) wrote in celluloidraving,
Phillip Duggan

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) ... 9.0/10


*Cough* Die, long pretentious name, die! Seriously, this is one of the better summer fluff movies I've seen in a long time. The movie had a lot of fun things going for it which kept it entertaining, but it also seemed to cut some corners to make the producer's life easier. But, in general,that's what I expect out of movies like this and that's part of what makes them enjoyable. The dialogue is simple and stupidly amusing (though not nearly as low as the level of some crap teen comedies or anything as bad as that) and things are spiced up with heavy doses of action and great special effects. I'm certainly not saying I would like the swashbuckler to come back into style any more than I would want the western to come back into style. But once in a while I think I can live with it and even enjoy it. In this case, Disney did a good job and the movie was pretty much everything I wanted it to be. Plus, it was nice to see Disney's moral standards slipping along with the rest of us. This was the first movie ever to be released under the Disney name with a rating above PG. How long until we see Bambi vs. Predator? It had better be pretty soon, because Arnold isn't getting any younger.

Um, yes, and back to PotC:tCoBP. Lets see. Ah, the cast. Yes, the cast was a lot of fun. Johnny Depp does a great job, creating a fun character who definitely keeps things interesting all the way through. His portrayal of Jack Sparrow, which he indicated was thanks in part to Keith Richards (II) , can almost seem more like Ringo at times, but in the mix of things it works. Orlando Bloom as Will Turner still hasn't quite escaped Legolas in my eyes, but the role is different enough that it doesn't bother the flow of the film. His character is definitely more of the straight man when standing next to the rambunctious and comical Jack, but it fits him. He seems to have a rather stoic manner most of the time anyway. Though he did a good job of bursting out of that role for random bouts of fighting and general heroic things... And then you had the obligatory Oscar winner (Geoffrey Rush) to step in as the bad guy in the low brow action movie. Along the lines of Sean Connery in the Avengers... But in this case he did a good enough job that I guess I can forgive him.

Obviously you can't discuss a summer fluff action movie without mentioning the special effects. Honestly, there really isn't too much too talk about, in my eye at least. Though in a way, that's worthy of mentioning itself. It's not often that you see a $125,000,000 movie where the special effects aren't jumping out at you every second, trying to make sure you know the movie cost a lot of money. In this case, the special effects were definitely obvious (Walking skeletons!), but they also seemed like critical points to the movie. They didn't just throw random skeletons at you every second they had to spare. They established the characters of the skeletons. Then they threw them at you. On the whole, I thought Disney did a lot better job with this than most action movies. By the end of the movie, I noticed very few scenes that seemed as if they were there simply to
highlight their budget. *Cough* Matrix highway scene.

I'd definitely recommend this movie if you want to go out, relax a bit and just enjoy yourself. It's not going to be the most enlightening movie you see all year (hopefully) but it's also not going to be a waste of your money. At least not more of a waste of money than anything else you'll find out there.

Jack Sparrow: [looking at all the swords] Who makes all these?
Will Turner: I do! And I practice with them three hours a day!
Jack Sparrow: You need to find yourself a girl mate. Or perhaps the reason you practice three hours a day is that you already found one, and are otherwise incapable of wooing said strumpet. You're not a eunuch are you?
Will Turner: I practice three hours a day, so when I meet a pirate, I can kill it!

Pirate: I'm gonna teach you the meaning of pain!
Elizabeth Swann: You like pain?
[hits pirate in the head with a pole]
Elizabeth Swann: Try wearing a corset.

Pintel: Down to the depths with them that thought o' 'parley'.
Jack Sparrow: That would be the French.
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