Monday, 15 May 2017

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

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Release Date: 11th September 2003 - Australia

Production Companies 
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Jerry Bruckheimer Films (in association with)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action/Adventure 

Rating: M

Runtime: 142 minutes

Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $654,264,015

Plot Summary 
The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis the wily Captain Barbossa, steals his ship the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal kidnapping the Governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth. In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead.

Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow 
Orlando Bloom - Will Turner
Keira Knightely - Elizabeth Swann
Geoffrey Rush - Hector Barbossa
Jack Davenport - Norrington
Jonathan Pryce - Governor
Weatherby Swann
Kevin McNally - Joshamee Gibbs
Lee Arenberg - Pintel
Mackenzie Crook - Ragetti
Damian O'Hare - Lt. Gillette
Giles New - Murtogg
Angus Barnett - Mullroy
David Bailie - Cotton
Michael Berry Jr. - Twigg
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. - Bo'sun
Zoe Saldana - Anamaria
Martin Klebba - Marty
Treva Etienne - Koehler
Greg Ellis - Lt. Theodore Groves
Lauren Maher - Scarlett
Vanessa Branch - Giselle 
Brye Cooper - Mallot

Director - Gore Verbinski
Screen Story/Screenplay - Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Screen Story - Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert
Executive Producer/Unit
Production Manager - Paul Deason
Executive Producer/Unit
Production Manager/Second Unit Director - Bruce Hendricks
Executive Producers - Chad Oman and Mike Stenson
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Historical Advisor - Peter Twist
Production Designer - Brian Morris
Creature Designer - Mark 'Crash' McCreery
Costume Designer - Penny Rose 
Makeup Department Head - Ve Neill
Director of Photography - Dariusz Wolski
Stunt Coordinator - George Marshall Ruge
Sword Master/Additional Sword Trainer - Mark Ivie
Additional Sword Trainer - Bob Anderson
Visual Effects Supervisor - Alex Frisch
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - John Knoll 
Visual Effects Consultant - Charles Gibson
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Hal T. Hickel
Film Editors - Stephen E. Rivkin,
Arthur Schmidt and Craig Wood
Soundtrack/Score Producer/Music Editor/
Programmer - Hans Zimmer
Music - Klaus Badelt


2004 Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Makeup - Ve Neill and Martin Samuel (Nominated)
Best Sound Mixing - Christopher Boyes, David Parker, David E. Campbell and Lee Orloff (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Christopher Boyes and George Watters II (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Charles Gibson and Terry D. Frazee (Nominated)

Ahoy there me hearties, it's RadDingo here. You may have guessed that I didn't review any of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies (save for ON STRANGER TIDES). Now that I am looking forward to seeing the new movie DEAD MAN TELL NO TALES which is soon to be in theatres at the end of May. We'll be looking at the series' first instalment THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL before the countdown is over. It was captivating to see a swashbuckling feature that hasn't aged a bit and it never ceases to amaze me. I didn't expect that a film based on a theme park ride at Disneyland would soar as one of the top grossing films of 2003. However, the film was a hidden treasure, formed by an intriguing narrative from the same writing team that were behind SHREK and ALADDIN (click here). Full of action with sword-fight choreography, comedy and an adventurous epic feel with a few supernatural themes to contain the tremendous impact. Director Gore Verbinski could never be thanked enough for bringing such a movie franchise to life. He has also done a very nimble job on the pacing and none of the sequels were used to this proper timing of the original movie.

The performances were superb coming from actors like Johnny Depp who was already perfect for the infamous savvy pirate of Jack Sparrow. He gets away with portraying his character with a hairstyle, a mid-Atlantic cockney accent, etc. He was born to lead his portrayal as it was a huge step-up of being immortalised in his status as a well-known leading actor from Hollywood. Actor Orlando Bloom was the boy-next-door and though he portrays the pirate-in-training swordmaker Will Scarlett in a restraining manner. Keira Knightely was gorgeous as the lovely Elizabeth Swann. Geoffrey Rush chews the scenery when acting as the bloodthirsty blackguard Hector Barbossa in a charismatic over-the-top style. On a surprising note, it was one of the early films for actress Zoe Saldana who is nearing her future big break in STAR TREK (click here) and AVATAR (click here) when she was prominently featured among the supporting cast.

A fun yet majestic high-sea adventure is enough to push THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL into a well-regarded sanctuary of modern classics that were in its heyday. I consider this to be my favourite movie that goes without saying as being a must-see before feature.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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