Released 7/9/03 Rated: PG-13
From beginning to end this movie is perfect. And that’s saying something when, according to Cracked.com’s article 5 Classic Movies That Seemed Like A Terrible Idea At The Time (it’s the second movie listed), most previous pirate movies did not do so well at the box office. I happen to love three of the titles in their failed-pirate-movies list, two of which I’ve written about as of yet: Hook and Treasure Planet, but I did not get to see those in theaters, and box office numbers are the ones that matter in this case.
So what was the breakthrough here? Third time’s the charm for Disney? Ask anyone why they love Pirates of the Caribbean so much and they’ll probably all say the same thing: Johnny Depp. There has never been anything as awesome as the force known as Captain Jack Sparrow before or after Pirates. He made the entire movie enjoyable and entertaining, he helped keep the plot from going dull, and without trying he is the most loved character of the whole series. Take away Captain Jack Sparrow and you don’t have much of a movie, do you? All though I will say that I don’t believe the comical aspect of Sparrow was as intended as it came off. I feel that in the later installments they were reaching for funny, but here it just sort of happened, and that’s what I love about his character. Depp wasn’t striving to be a goofy pirate; the amusing classic Sparrow traits that everyone loves were an instant hit of their own.
Personally, I love this movie for more than just Johnny Depp, but I do feel that he is a big part of it all. The scenery is gorgeous, the story is great, the writing is brilliant, every character is perfect both on paper and performed, and the special effects and stunts are wonderful. Not only all of that, but the camera work is also stunning. There are some really great shots throughout the whole movie. It just goes to show that you don’t have to go crazy with the camera to get a great shot.
The only thing that I didn’t like was when Elizabeth saw the curse in action for the first time and was going around the ship full of skeletons. At one point they toss her into the air from a tarp. That was the only thing I don’t care for. It’s literally three seconds long, but I don’t feel like it blends with the rest of that scene.
Overall I love it. It is (another) one of my favorites on my apparently very long list of favorites. 🙂 It’s an awesome movie and perfect in every way. Look no further for a good time.