Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ★★★★★

Part I of the trilogy rewatch

Verbinski's Pirates trilogy mirrors the Matrix trilogy in that it starts out as a perfectly crafted, yet unassuming blockbuster that surprisingly became a smash success, followed by sequels that took the original and tripled the ambition and scope in ways Hollywood blockbusters rarely are. While the Star Wars saga as a whole remains close to my heart, as a overall trilogies I think I prefer the Matrix and PotC to either the original or prequels on the basis of film-to-film consistency.

Curse of the Black Pearl is a much simpler film than the two sequels that follow, but that's not a knock against it. Over a decade later this still holds up as one of the great crowd-pleasing spectacles of the century as a blend of both classic swashbuckler and modern blockbuster sensibilities, and just the right amount of both. It's not devoid of Verbinski's weirdness either thanks to the ghost pirate stuff and little gags here and there. It all comes together for a movie you can show anyone and have a good time without feeling like you're settling for something like your average Marvel movie.

While everybody knows this movie for Jack, Barbossa is very much the highlight for me. Geoffery Rush is clearly having a ball with the role and every single laugh of his just brings a smile to my face. He and Elizabeth are my two favorite characters in the series through the latter mainly because of her arc throughout the trilogy.

Also Elliot and Rossio are like if Orci and Kurtzman could write good movie screenplays

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