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  • Writer's pictureMasoud Kazemi

Please Tell Me Why The Rum Is Gone

The Curse of the Black Pearl is the first installment of a film series that propelled Depp to global fame.


Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring Johnny Depp, is the first installment of an iconic film series that propelled Depp to global popularity. The movie follows an infamous pirate and his action-packed journey to retrieve his stolen ship. He meets new allies along the way, makes new enemies, and above all, creates the most comedic, entertaining portrayal of a pirate ever. He is, of course, none other than the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow.

The Birth of Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow is one of the most iconic fictional characters in movie history. His charm, brilliance, stupidity, and everything in between have made him a fan favorite and Depp's career-defining role. Unlike most characters nowadays, Sparrow is one of the last famous characters created from scratch and not based on a book or comic. And what's more impressive than the director and writers coming up with this complex genius of a character is how Johnny Depp truly brings him to life. Depp is one of the most versatile actors in cinema, but his portrayal of Sparrow is so natural that it's scary as he genuinely becomes the character he's playing. Aside from the brilliant protagonist, the rest of the acting is carried by the performances of Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann) and Orlando Bloom (Will Turner) but most notably by the spectacular antagonist Captain Hector Barbossa (played by Geoffrey Rush).

Cinematography and Score

While the acting is phenomenal, it's the actual creation of the movie that got it nominated five times at the Oscars. The script follows the usual three-act format, but the placing and placement of story events are perfect. The cinematography is spectacular, creating grand, intense sea duels with massive ship collisions and explosions. While it may not have been as impressive as Cameron's revolutionary Avatar technology, the cinematography, CGI, and how they captured each scene were ahead of their time in 2003. Yes, the cinematography and the acting/script are fantastic, but neither of those brings the movie to the next level as its musical score does. The film's many soundtracks, created by Klaus Badelt, Geoff Zanelli, and Hans Zimmer, are among the most remarkable cinematic soundtracks in history. Zimmer is now famous for his works in The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, and more, but Gladiator in 2000 and the Pirates of the Caribbean series established him as a maestro.

Closing Critiques

The Curse of the Black Pearl is one of the best blockbusters ever. With humor, action, music, and utter chaos from start to finish, it delivers a highly entertaining experience for viewers. Whether it’s the structure of the script, the character development, or the spectacular cinematography, whether you’re a fan of swashbuckler films or not, this film is a must-watch nonetheless.

Raving Rating: 8.1

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