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Review of "Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl" by

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Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

Walt Disney Home Video
$19.99 Suggested Retail Price

Don't miss out on this gem! This is an unabashed swashbuckling adventure. If you saw the film in the theater, you already know how good it is. Now you can see it again and again at home, and it's still fabulous fun. Johnny Depp is our pirate anti-hero. He is a dandy pirate who is charming and viscious, and deserved the Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Academy Awards. Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow, and he lost his pirate ship to mutineers. He finds himself in Port Royal where he meets most of the other characters like Elizabeth Swann, the beautiful daughter of the Governor, played by Keira Knightley. And a salty female she is! She is loved from afar by a young man named Will Turner, portrayed by teen hearthrob Orland Bloom. Young Will works in a smithy, specializing in making swords.

The saga moves along fast with the arrest of Jack Sparrow, as he is put in a jail that looks a lot like the one in the film's namesake Disneyland attraction. Eventually Jack, Will, and Elizabeth find The Black Pearl, and the hideout of the bad pirates who are all really just ghosts. For more details, see our original review of Pirates of the Caribbean.

There is a lot of excitement and not a single dull moment in this film. It is all tongue-in-cheek humor. I must admit I could not believe it would be possible to make a movie using the theme park ride as a premise. I was very wrong. I loved this movie, and I enjoy the DVD and all the extras that come with it. The scenes of bloopers and interviews with the actors are special treats for fans.

Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our May, 2004 issue.

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