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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates Of The Carribean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

On Stranger Tides was ok. It had it's moments, but it's nothing when compared to the first entry in the series. POTC is the story of a drunken pirate who helps a blacksmith rescue the govenor's daughter from cursed pirates. it's formulaic, but it's also really, really fun.

Johnny Depp, in his drunken glory, is the shining light of this film. His crowd-pleasing pleasing performance as Captain Jack Sparrow is no stranger to many casual film fans' favourite character lists. And why shouldn't it be? He's likeable, funny and dynamic in this role. It might the role he was born for. It's one of the top 5 comedic performances I have ever seen.

The effects are also well-done in this film, especially in the sword fight scene between Sparrow and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) near the end. The way the characters change in the moonlight as they fight is very impressive.

The sequels are worth a watch, but this is worth a couple. I like this film a lot and would rank it in my top 50.