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Captain Barbossa steals Captain Jack’s ship and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor’s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s childhood friend joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their ragtag crew are pursued by Elizabeth’s betrothed aboard the H.M.S. Dauntless.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Swashbuckling adventures are few and far between these days,
so it's a pleasant surprise to see one that is competently made. To add to the
enjoyment, the movie never takes itself too seriously. If there wasn't so much
action, it would be tempting to classify the production as a comedy.''
Review Good "...a movie that charms the audience and then outstays its
welcome. Although the ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel, the movie
feels like it already includes the sequel; maybe that explains the
Review Very Good "The most stimulating movies of the summer thus far have
been documentaries: Spellbound and Capturing the Friedmans.
Finally, there's a big-budget popcorn movie that delivers what moviegoers hunger
for: humor, action, thrills and charismatic characters. Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the summer blockbuster we've been
Review Good "A hilarious Johnny Depp gives new meaning to the term gay
blade as the swashbuckling Capt. Jack Sparrow, sashaying his way through an
often exhilarating action/adventure saga inspired by the Disney theme park
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
WOW, these are some GREAT OPINIONS! Nearly half rated it "Fantastic," which is extremely high, especially considering how few low opinions there were. It's easy to HIGHLY RECOMMEND PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN TO EVERYONE!
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (JOHNNY DEPP), the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, like the high seas the world over, present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But Jack's idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (GEOFFREY RUSH), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the Governor's (JONATHAN PRYCE) beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY). Elizabeth's childhood friend, Will Turner (ORLANDO BLOOM), joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the H.M.S. Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their ragtag crew are pursued by Elizabeth's betrothed, the debonair, ambitious Commodore Norrington (JACK DAVENPORT), aboard the H.M.S. Dauntless.
Unbeknownst to Will, a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead, the moonlight eerily transforming them into living skeletons. The curse they carry can be broken only if the plundered treasure is restored in total and a blood debt repaid.
Against all odds, the Interceptor and Dauntless race toward a thrilling confrontation with Barbossa's pirates on the mysterious Isla de Muerta. At stake is Jack Sparrow's revenge, the Black Pearl, a fortune in forbidden treasure, the lifting of the pirates' curse that has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as skeletons, the fate of the British navy, and the lives of our valiant heroes as they clash their swords in fierce combat against the dreaded Pirates of the Caribbean.