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Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Of all the new Summer releases this year, I was looking forward to seeing this one - and boy, I was not disappointed!

Based on the Disney theme park ride, Pirates has everything a good swashbuckling adventure should have; mean, bloodthirsty pirates, a handsome hero, a beautiful damsel in distress and some exciting sword fights.

Add to all of the above, the most fun element of all, a character by the name of Captain Jack Sparrow, and you've hit the jackpot.  Captain Jack is a vamping, preening pirate who is part womanizing swordsman and part dolled-up drunk.  Perhaps he's spent too many years at sea, or maybe it's all the rum he has consumed, but either way, Captain Jack lists when he walks.  He sort of saunters, but is dangerously close to falling over at any minute.  Whatever his problem, he sure is a lot of fun.

The story has Captain Jack escaping from a deserted island after he was left by the crew of the Black Pearl.  The ship and its crew now lead by the evil Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is cursed and the "undead" ship roams the ocean like a ghostly mirage.  The men look like regular scruffy, cutthroats by day, but in the moonlight they appear as scary skeletons.

They are after a gold coin which is believed to have the power to end their curse, and think that Elizabeth (Keira Knightly - Bend It Like Beckham) the beautiful daughter of Port Royal Governor (Jonathan Pryce) has the coin and kidnap her.  It's up to the handsome Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), a blacksmith to rescue her.

The two main sword fights, one between Turner and Captain Jack in a barn and one involving the pirate crew and British forces, are well choreographed, spirited and exciting.  The second one is somewhat frightening for smaller children as the pirates turn back and forth from real men to skeletons as they move in and out of the moonlight.

Director Gore Verbinski (The Ring) includes some beautiful moonlit ocean shots and jam packs its two plus hours running time with action and fun.

If you need more than a good old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure with terrific scenery, great characters and exciting sword play, then go and see The Black Pearl just to catch Depp's outlandish performance which is worth the price of admission.

 
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