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

When and how did I watch this?

September 19th, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account.

Had I seen this film already?

Pretty much everyone alive has seen this one.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I saw it in the theater, and possibly one other time since.  I have conflicting opinions about it: the film turned out to be a huge trendy thing, and because I’m an uptight hipster, I began to resent the film and the Johnny Depp craze; of course, the film is super fun.  I can’t say I don’t like it.

What do I know about it now?

I was surprised to still find it enjoyable.  The lines occasionally made me cringe, but I understood it was made so 11-year-old boys could watch it with their parents. Keira Knightley is more attractive than I remember, but I was more so impressed with her ability to keep her makeup straightened out through all the peril. I found myself paying more attention to the music and cinematography this time around — both were impressive.

What are some themes in the film?

Piracy, loyalty, social stratification, swords and guns and blood

Did this affect me personally?

Brought me back a little, but otherwise, it was just a good time.

Why is this ranked #228?

Orlando Bloom had capped off one of the most successful film franchises of all time.  Johnny Depp started a huge pirate trend that prevails today. Keira Knightley is hot. Everyone loves the Disneyland ride.  And yeah, Hans Zimmer doesn’t hurt either.  It certainly wasn’t the screenwriting.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Of course.

Would I watch it again?

Sure — it’s fun enough.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I don’t think that’s necessary.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

I’m still undecided.  The movie has a lot of “moments”, which is certainly criteria for being a great film.   But as an all-time great flick?  Nah. If it were written a little better, perhaps I’d have a higher opinion of it. For now, it remains an uber-popular action film, and that’s all.

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