Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) movie poster

(2003) dir. Gore Verbinski
viewed: 12/24/03

I’d heard pretty consistantly that this movie was more fun than most people thought it would be, and in truth, it is. To say that a movie is based on a theme park ride is really a bit of a misnomer. The theme park ride is great, one of my personal favorites, as is true for many, I am sure, but it has no narrative, just a lot of little scenes. It’s just a name to sell recognition for movie tickets, a pirate movie by any other name.

Actually, the name really annoys me. I hate these movie franchise naming conventions in which the general name is used, followed by a colon and the movie’s sub(?)title? It’s long and cumbersome and annoying. Why not just call this movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl? It’s really like saying that audiences are too stupid to realize when movie sequels have come out. And so often, though not so much here, the sub(?)title is some very bad idiotic name.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, who also did the American version of The Ring (2002), the film is no great piece of artwork, but a pretty damn entertaining sort of summer movie, better than a lot of crap that will come out in the year. Johnny Depp, who has gotten a lot of praise for keeping the movie fun and interesting (which is well-due), is indeed fun and interesting. I’d have to say that his performance is sort of hammy and campy, but in the way that that works so well., not unlike his performance in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) in that sense.

What do I think of this film? It’s no Citizen Kane but it’s good fun.