Here is the review of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl requested by JediKnightGrl at A Dreamer's Galaxy
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Action Adventure
Release date: July 9, 2003 (2003-07-09)
Running Time: 143mins.
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Lots of swashbuckling action, Lots of humor, Perfect balance between comedy and action, Johnny Depp was great, Good special effects. Great soundtrack.
As Governor Weatherby Swann (Jonathan Pryce) and his 12-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, sail to Port Royal, Jamaica, their vessel encounters a shipwreck with a sole survivor, the young Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). Elizabeth hides a gold medallion that the unconscious Will is wearing, fearing it will identify him as a pirate. She glimpses a ghostly pirate ship, later identified as the Black Pearl.
Eight years later, Captain James Norrington (Jack Davenport) of the Royal Navy is promoted to Commodore. He proposes to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). Before she can answer, her over-tightened corset causes her to faint and fall into the bay, where she sinks to the bottom. When the medallion she is wearing touches the seafloor, it emits a pulse.
Pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives in Port Royal to commandeer a ship. He rescues Elizabeth, but Norrington recognizes Jack as a pirate and arrests him. Jack briefly takes Elizabeth hostage in order to escape and ducks into a blacksmith's shop, encountering Will Turner, now a blacksmith's apprentice. After a sword duel between the two, Jack is knocked unconscious and jailed, to be hanged the next day. That night Port Royal is besieged by the Pearl, answering the medallion's pulse. Elizabeth is captured and invokes parley. She negotiates for the pirates to stop attacking Port Royal in exchange for the medallion and lies to Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) telling him that her surname is Turner. Barbossa agrees but exploits a loophole to keep Elizabeth prisoner, believing she is the key to breaking a curse they are under.
Will, who loves Elizabeth, suggests that they make a deal with Jack Sparrow to lead them to the Black Pearl, but Norrington refuses and says Will has no say in the matter as he's just a blacksmith. Will then persuades Jack to help him rescue her in exchange for freeing him. Jack agrees after learning Will's surname is Turner, believing he can use Will to reclaim the Pearl. Will and Jack commandeer the HMS Interceptor and recruit a crew in Tortuga with help from Jack's old friend, Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally). They set sail for Isla de Muerta, as Jack knows the pirates will go there to break the curse. Watch the movie to see what happens next.
Plot:9.2/10- A very original story very well done.
Action:8.9/10- Plenty good swashbuckling action.
Acting:9.2/10- A very strong cast of Johnny Depp,Orlando Bloom,Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush.
Special effects: 8.7/10 Very good special effects for the Black Pearl's crew.
Soundtrack:9.9/10- One of the best Hans Zimmer soundtracks.
Comedy:9.9/10- Perfect mix of action comedy and yet not a straght up action comedy.
Overall: 9.4/10- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is by far the best of the trilogy.
Closeing coments: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a great movie that you need to see.
Recommended for: Action Adventure fans, Johnny Depp fans, Orlando Bloom fans, Pirate fans,