Pirates of the Caribbean

release year: 2003
genre: pirate adventure
viewing setting: theater, 7/13/03

synopsis: Cursed pirates kidnap a young lady, and it's up to a blacksmith and a ship-less pirate to rescue her.

impressions: This was good swashbuckling entertainment. It had all sorts of good stuff: ships, cannons, people swinging from ropes, swords, guns, the living dead, pirate treasure, betrayal, jackass English aristocrats...plus a solid plot and good action-filled pacing.

things to watch for: When the pirates attack the port - good mayhem.

something this movie has that no other movie has: an evil undead monkey

acting: Johnny Depp did a good job in a really quirky role, as a lone pirate with oddities in his behavior. Orlando Bloom (aka Legolas from the Lord of the Rings movies) did a good job as the young hero who wants to save the girl he loves. The girl did a good job too, bringing more acting to her role than a movie like this required. Geoffrey Rush was okay as the evil pirate captain. The guys who played the prissy English lords were suitably annoying. There were a couple of mostly-bumbling pirates who kept showing up for comic relief, and the one with the wooden eye was pretty entertaining.

final word: Solid action- and humor- filled pirate movie.

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