Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl

  • 12
  • Gore Verbinski (2003)
  • US
  • 143 min
Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

As this box-office smash is based on one of Disney's most famous theme-park attractions, we might have expected a shiver-me-timbers swashbuckler that's short on plot and long on action. Not so. It delivers plenty of both and is infinitely superior to the ride itself. With producer Jerry Bruckheimer at the rudder, it's a lavish Hollywood voyage into pirate country that effortlessly fills its two hours plus as blacksmith Orlando Bloom and governor's daughter Keira Knightley fall foul of buccaneers. Geoffrey Rush milks his role to the hilt as an archetypal pirate captain, but the real treasure comes courtesy of Oscar-nominated Johnny Depp, who delivers a swaggering, slurring, mascara-wearing turn as rascal Jack Sparrow, a seafaring rock-star type and irresistible comic hero. Complementing the action are some superb special effects, with the skeletal curse of the Black Pearl's crew under moonlight a particularly well-staged showpiece.

Plot Summary

Blockbuster fantasy action adventure, starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. When governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann is kidnapped by pirates and taken aboard The Black Pearl, blacksmith Will Turner and the ship's former captain, Jack Sparrow, set off in pursuit. They discover that the ship's crew are cursed and Elizabeth's blood is the only thing that can save them.

Cast and crew

Cast

Capt Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp
Capt Barbossa
Geoffrey Rush
Will Turner
Orlando Bloom
Elizabeth Swann
Keira Knightley
Commander Norrington
Jack Davenport
Joshamee Gibbs
Kevin McNally
Anamaria
Zoë Saldana
Governor Weatherby Swann
Jonathan Pryce
Koehler
Treva Etienne
Cotton
David Bailie
Pintel
Lee Arenberg
Ragetti
Mackenzie Crook
Grapple
Trevor Goddard
Bo'sun
Isaac C Singleton Jr
Murtogg
Giles New
Mullroy
Angus Barnett
Twigg
Michael Berry Jr
Lt Gillette
Damian O'Hare

Crew

Director
Gore Verbinski

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Aug 2003
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama