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Pirates of the Caribbean Movie

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Summary:
This 17th Century adventure is set on the high seas of the Caribbean. For the roguish and charming pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, the crystalline waters of the Caribbean present a vast playground where adventure and mystery is endless. Captain Barbossa (Jack's nemesis), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later bombards the town of Port Royal, in the process  kidnapping Governor's gorgeous but feisty daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightley). Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) a childhood friend/admirer of Elizabeth, joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the HMS Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their crew are pursued by Elizabeth's betrothed, the debonair, ambitious Commodore Norrington, aboard the HMS dauntless.

Review:
From the very moment Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) steps onto the docks at Port Royal, you just know you are in for a special experience. Depp's nonchalant performance as Jack Sparrow is absolutely captivating and accentuates his talents as an actor. It simply sets the tone for this Disney theme-park inspired flick. Pirate movies can be risky since they often are filled with clichés (treasures, princess', suave bad boys), but Gore Verbinski places innovative little twists (curse treasure, governor's daughter instead of princess, main character (Johnny Depp) not interested in female lead) and light sparks of comedy similar to the business model in The Princess Bride takes the pressure off the plot and let's the actors entertain box-office patrons.

Movies generally attempt to entertain audiences (comedies) or help them escape (thrillers) from reality by transporting them to another world. The great movies can incorporate both of these ideals and this movie is no exception to greatness. Although the movie has little or no historical significance for 2 hours and 23 minutes you are transported to a world of pirates, swashbuckling, mystery and forbidden love. With light sparks of comedy and extremely likable characters this film entertains audiences of all ages.

The exceptional performances don't end with Johnny Depp. Orlando Bloom (Legolas, Lord of the Rings Trilogy) portrayal of Will Turner helps Bloom step out of the shadows and darkness from the Lord of the Rings into the spotlight as one of Hollywood's leading men. Kiera Knightley, besides looking absolutely stunning, empowers women everywhere with her feisty representation of new world princess-like Elizabeth Swann.

The only thing that goes against this movie is that it is filled with old movie clichés (beautiful wealthy woman and the blue collar man, pirates and treasure, etc). But, because of the acting performances, small twists (the treasure is cursed), and direction of the film you simply don't care. Especially in the summer of the sequel this movie stands out for its exciting performances, comical twists, and it's emphasis on cleverness and wit over computer-graphics (CG).

See this movie if you're a fan of:

The Princess Bride (1987)

Hook (1991)

Johnny Depp (Actor, Edward Scissorhands, The Ninth Gate, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sleepy Hollow)

Kiera Knightley (Actress, Bend it Like Beckham)

Orlando Bloom (Actor, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Black Hawk Down)

 
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Box Office Info:

Cast:
Johnny Depp (as Jack Sparrow)
Geoffrey Rush (as Barbossa)
Orlando Bloom (as Will Turner)
Keira Knightley (as Elizabeth Swann)

Directed By: Gore Verbinski
Written By: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
Produced By: Buena Vista Pictures

Release Date (US): June 28, 2003

Length of Movie: 2h 23min

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for action/adventure violence.

Filming Location: St. Vincent, Long Beach (CA), Los Angeles (CA), San Diego (LA).

Budget: $125,000,000

Opening Weekend: $46,630,690

Pirates Of The Caribbean Soundtrack

Pirates Of The Caribbean Soundtrack
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  1. Fog Bound
  2. The Medallion Calls
  3. The Black Pearl
  4. Will And Elizabeth
  5. Swords Crossed
  6. Walk The Plank
  7. Barbosa Is Hungry
  8. Blood Ritual
  9. Moonlight Serenade
  10. To The Pirates' Cave
  11. Skull And Crossbones
  12. Bootstrap's Bootstraps
  13. Underwater March
  14. One Last Shot
  15. He's A Pirate

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