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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003) ***

This film was fun, but not as good as I thought it was going to be. Perhaps I was expecting a little much because everyone had sung its praises claiming it to be the best movie of the summer of 2003. Maybe they all hadnít thought it would be as good as it was and were very pleasantly surprised, but I was subject to the hype in its wake, and that was probably why I canít be as enthusiastic about it as everyone else. Iím sure, as is often the case, when I see it again, I will enjoy it more, knowing already what to expect.

Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is found, as a young boy, in the sea by a British ship and is taken in and cared for. Be sports a pirateís medallion around his neck which is taken by the young Elizabeth, who is intrigued by pirates, much to the chagrin of her father. We jump ahead about ten years to find both Will and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) grown up. There is an unspoken attraction between the two, but class separates them. Rogue pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), sail into town only to find heavy persecution. While he is there, former first mate, and now Captain of the Black Pearl, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) arrives once sensing the gold medallion the Elizabeth still has in her possession. She is kidnapped, and Will Turner and Jack Sparrow, reluctantly, and for very different reason, join forces to rescue her.

Johnny Depp is great, although it sounds like the metal in his teeth is severely impeding his speech, which bothered me a little bit. But his portrayal is reminiscent of Harrison Fordís Han Solo. All others are simply average. Sparrow is really given all the best lines and, although he is a thieving pirate, is quite likable. Itís a very good, swashbuckling, fantasy-adventure.