Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl

Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce,

entertainment Updated: Sep 22, 2003 11:51 IST
Meenakshi Kumar
Meenakshi Kumar

One would never have thought that pirates could be witty, sometimes hilarious and other times humane. Johnny Depp as the dreaded pirate Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is all that and more. As the humane face of his tribe, who are nothing but marauders, Depp manages to bring in some delightful moments in this grand film with fabulous sets and brilliant acting.

The story set in the 17th century, goes something like this: Ever since she was a child, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) has always had a fascination for pirates and when in reality the pirates attack the ship she is on, she doesn’t realise that the boy she saves is actually a pirate’s son. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) grows up to be a blacksmith. Madly in love with Elizabeth who when kidnapped by the dreaded Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Turner risks his life to save her. He teams up with Sparrow who has an axe to grind with Captain Barbossa who has stolen his ship, the Black Pearl. Owing to a curse, the Captain and his team of rogue pirates turn into skeletons in the moonlight. The only way they can be cured of this curse is when the missing medallion in the ancient treasure is found and the blood of Will Turner is offered. Turner being suspicious of Sparrow’s motives, pre-empts his plan of attack and lands up to confront the Captain. What follows is actually a never-ending fight scene, albeit too long, which ends when drops of Turner’s blood cure the pirates of the curse and they start dropping dead. And like all happy endings, Turner gets his sweetheart and Sparrow not only gets his Black Pearl back but his freedom too.

Keira Knightley, who was last seen in Bend It Like Beckham, doesn’t disappoint while Geoffrey Rush is convincing in his role as the Captain Barbossa. Bloom, on the other hand, is a little too cold.

With the sea as the main backdrop, the film has some captivating long shots of the Caribbean and the ships. For once, excellent cinematography, splendid sets and commendable acting add to this otherwise ordinary story. This one is worth all your time and energy.

First Published: Sep 20, 2003 12:04 IST