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Film Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Plot I'd Like to See!
It's official! The Walt Disney Company is out of ideas! Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the first movie based on a theme park ride.
Pirate movies can be very fun. The trouble is this movie isn't fun enough. There isn't any buried treasure. No secret map. X doesn't mark the spot.
The major plot points revolve around two young people who first meet when they are about nine. Elizabeth is the daughter of the governor, and Will un-beknownst to himself is the son of a pirate.
Add to this backdrop a band of pirates who are cursed, and are on a quest to lift the curse. Their nemesis is Captain Jack Sparrow, another pirate who is a little nuts. There's some adventure, some vendetta, but there isn't really much more than hatred to hang your hat on. In fact, in a fight scene where two cursed people (who could not die) were stabbing each other over and over again, you start thinking, "what's the point?"
What is particularly fun are scenes that re-create sets from the Disney ride. One wonders if the ride will be tweaked to match the movie. But over-all, this is a disappointment of a film. Wait for video and then be drunk when you start the disc.
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Released in 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Reviewed by Mongo