A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

March 6, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Ahh, how I do love this movie.  For a Hollywood summer blockbuster this is probably the best written and with the best cast in, well.. ever.  When the teaser trailer showed in theater I was extremely sceptical.  I mean: a movie based on a Disneyland ride?  But I was perplexed by the people who had allowed themselves to be attached to the project.  Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush?  Orlando Bloom, fresh off of his success in the Lord of the Rings trilogy?  Johnny Depp?? In a summer blockbuster?  How on earth was this going to work?

I recall from the commentary track that director Gore Verbinsky insisted on having the screenwriters Tedd Elliott and Terry Rossio on set in case they needed to make last minute adjustments, which perhaps explains how the movie does so well at keeping to the arcs for its characters and working the tightly scripted plot.  Every scene is part of a beautifully crafted whole.. it’s really quite impressive.  For example: I am just now watching the scene on the Black Pearl where Elizabeth confronts Barbossa for the first time.  Each of them makes incorrect assumptions about the other.  She thinking that he wants to kidnap the governor’s daughter gives her name as Turner (which also furthers the love story between her and Will.)  He, looking only for the missing coin and needing the blood of Bill Turner then thinks that she is Bill’s daughter.. and the audience is able to follow every twist of motivation with ease.  It’s all like a carefully crafted puzzle with every piece fitting perfectly into place.

Of course no script be it ever so clever could hold its own without a cast that can live up to it.  So I should say something about the cast.. something appropriately filled with hyperbole.  I mean!  Geoffrey Rush – fully dedicating himself to a ridiculous role as an evil ghost pirate.  Orlando Bloom – wonderfully naive and callow.  And Johnny Depp!  Of course as a movie fan I’ve loved his eccentric characters in the past.  Loved him since he stopped being a pretty boy on 21 Jump Street and became one of the most eccentric actors in films.  So how could it be that he suddenly rose to super-stardom here?  His Captain Jack Sparrow is probably one of the most instantly recognizable characters of the last decade.  Really he embodies the whole movie in all it’s piratey glory.  Every supporting role is just as wonderfully done, too.  Every single person from the comic relief to the ancillary side characters gives his or her all to make it work.  Jack Davenport as Commodore Norrington.  Jonathan Price (who we will be seeing more of in Gilliam week!) as Governor Swann.  Heck – Zoe Saldana (who is in at least three other movies we own.. with a fourth on the way!)  Simply everybody rocks in this movie.

This was the first movie I saw Keira Knightly in – having never watched Princess of Thieves.  Clearly she is a power to be reckoned with as well.  I wonder what other Knightly movies we have in our collection.  Domino maybe?  I’m not sure.

This IS a Hollywood summer blockbuster, though, even if it is more character and plot driven than most, so there’s a lot of great action as well.  great sword battles, great naval battles, and spectacular special effects.  With a great love story at its heart as well.  Will Turner’s “At least one more time, as always Miss Swann” is this movie’s “As you wish.”

In summation: the best written and cast summer blockbuster in.. ever.

Oh, and for those of you who turn the movie off during the credits – stop doing that!  Like the frog says in Great Muppet Caper – they all have families.  And you’re missing cute post-credits moments like in this movie.

March 6, 2010 - Posted by | daily reviews | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. It’s such a fun movie. Keira Knightley actually wasn’t totally annoying and it was just so much *fun*. I still haven’t seen the sequels though, LOL.

    Comment by Marie | March 6, 2010 | Reply

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