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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 133 Minutes
Release Date: June 2003
Genres: Action, Mystery

*Also starring: Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg, Brye Cooper, Paul Cagney, Jack Davenport, Lucinda Dryzek, Lauren Maher, Greg Ellis

Review by Steve Rhodes
3 stars out of 4

Sometimes it is a single performance that makes a movie. So it is in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL. Without Johnny Depp's enigmatic work as Jack Sparrow, the movie would have been at best passable and at worst tiresome. But with prissy swagger and loveable bravado, he's a pirate captain who steals your heart as he tries to steal some treasure and save his reputation in the process. Among the film's many on-going jokes is that pirates operate under supposedly strict rules that are actually more like guidelines.

The miniscule plot involves a group of pirates working under the heinous Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who commands an infamous ship known as the Black Pearl. Whenever they attack a town, they leave no survivors. Captain Sparrow questions this folk tale by reasoning that someone must have lived, or no one would know about the Black Pearl. BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM's Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth, the governor's daughter who finds herself an unwilling passenger on the Black Pearl. Orlando Bloom plays the humble blacksmith who pines for Elizabeth and would be willing to lay down his life in order to save hers. There's also a ghost story full of some scary skeletons who refuse to die.

But what the movie is really about is non-stop mayhem. The movie is based on a Disneyland ride, and it shows -- in the best way possible. I've always liked the wonderfully hokey Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The movie based on it is just as much adolescent fun. It speaks to the inner pirate in us all. (Thankfully, the film is nothing like THE COUNTRY BEARS, Disney's atrocious first attempt to turn a park attraction into a film.) There isn't anything wrong with the picture except its running length. Director Gore Verbinski (THE RING) should have chopped a full half-hour off of it in order to get it into fighting trim. After this picture, I can't wait for the next Disneyland-ride-turned-movie, THE HAUNTED MANSION, starring Eddie Murphy. Hopefully that film will help Murphy get his career back on track.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL runs 2:20. It is rated PG-13 for "action/adventure violence" and would be acceptable for kids around 9 and up.

My son Jeffrey, age 14, who loves Jerry Bruckheimer films like this one, gave it ***. He liked the music and the cast, especially Depp. He thought the pacing of the fighting sequences was perfect in that they were never allowed to run on too long.

Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes

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