The first of the Pirates of the Caribbean’s, one of the better ones in my opinion, however, might not be the best, as the second and third are fab. But this one is the introduction of all the characters, of the brilliant plots and the pirates at sea. You can’t watch the others without this great beginning! I showed my boyfriend this film for the first time the other day, declaring he hated pirate films, but by the end even he pronounced that he “liked” it and that he was glad to have seen it at least once: that’s a high compliment!
To begin with, this is a paragraph dedicated to the amazing actor, Johnny Depp. Just so you’re pre-warned. I know all the other actors are amazing in this film as well, for the massive success they have to be, but for me Johnny Depp is what makes this film worth watching a hundred times over. Depp is definitely at his finest in this film. Throwing him straight in he makes a brilliant, yet hilarious, entrance; floating in on a sinking boat. He’s comical yet clever, his witty comments or stupid outbursts are enjoyable for the audience. I couldn’t imagine anyone playing the character better than him. There’s the right amount of comedy and action to his character. He’s also slightly ruthless in the way he is dishonest and will only do things for himself; like he said, “you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest, honestly, it’s the honest men you need to watch out for”. The look of Johnny Depp as well is excellent. The costume is brilliant for everyone in this film, but Depp works the whole pirate look down to a T, he couldn’t look more realistic in everyone’s stereotypical eye of a pirate. His whole mannerism is excellent, the way he walks, yet his brilliant sword fighting, his clever mind figuring out his ways to get out of his tricky situations. He is one of the best characters every audience must love. Just remember it’s “Captain” Jack Sparrow, even without a ship.
“Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates’ life for me”. The music in the Pirates of the Caribbean films are classic! It just sets the scene for the whole movie, excellently executed and brilliantly creates the sound of these pirates on the Caribbean. As does the costumes and props, everything adds to the atmosphere to bring this screen to life. Even the graphics are great from 2003! It wouldn’t be the same without all these elements coming together to create an older time. Furthermore, all the characters are great, not just Captain Jack Sparrow. I love the evolution of Orlando Bloom’s character Will Turner as he learns more about who he is after being found floating in the sea eight years ago. Then there’s Keira Knightley’s character, Elizabeth Swann, who fierce, starts fighting alongside pirates no matter how much to her father’s distaste. There are even some great villains to enjoy. Two in particular which just have a comical energy between them, apparently named Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook), but I didn’t know that were their names, you’ll know the duo if you’ve seen the film. “‘Ello there, poppet”. Finally, we cannot forget Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, a fantastic villain of the film, and his adorable monkey sidekick!
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ is quite a long film, however it is filled with lots of swash-buckling action and many introductions of new characters. Plus, many journeys back and forth, although somehow it doesn’t become confusing and you’re lost in this pirate world you hardly notice how long the film is anyway! Captain Jack Sparrow is on his own little journey to get his beloved ship back, The Black Pearl; Elizabeth Swann has been abducted by pirates hunting for gold, and Will Turner with a heart all loved up wants to save her. Meanwhile, the Royal Navy are on the hunt for any pirates to hang. That’s a quick plot summary, but there’s so much to it than just that! It’s an enjoyable escapism, and the beginning of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. If you haven’t given it a go, you’re missing out!