Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp's endearing Keith Richards-does-Captain Kidd characterization of the double-crossing pirate Jack Sparrow is so unique that it stands out amid all the frenzied swashbuckling… Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp's endearing Keith Richards-does-Captain Kidd characterization of the double-crossing pirate Jack Sparrow is so unique that it stands out amid all the frenzied swashbuckling…
DVD Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, ... | SEA JOHNNY SWIM Depp (with Orlando Bloom)
SEA JOHNNY SWIM Depp (with Orlando Bloom)
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 02, 2003; DVD Release Date: Dec 02, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures; More

Johnny Depp's endearing Keith Richards-does-Captain Kidd characterization of the double-crossing pirate Jack Sparrow is so unique that it stands out amid all the frenzied swashbuckling and zombie battling around him -- no easy task. The rollicking but exhausting Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is about a half hour too long (with at least one too many numbing Jerry Bruckheimerian set pieces), but thankfully, at home you can pause the bombast to get your sea legs and take an aspirin. EXTRAS Depp's commentary (with director Gore Verbinski) on the two-disc set is disappointingly dry, and of the THAT ACTOR WAS GREAT! SO WAS THAT PROP MAN! variety. But the banter between bubbly Keira Knightley and wickedly witty Jack Davenport (of U.K. ''Coupling'' fame) is a cheeky delight: ''Oh, no, it all goes downhill,'' Davenport teases when Knightley first appears on screen. The comprehensive making-of shorts spotlight the film's impressive research, but also raise the question: Did an amusement-park-ride-based action movie really require all this historical accuracy?

Originally posted Dec 05, 2003 Published in issue #740 Dec 05, 2003 Order article reprints
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