Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
This film is now officially the best movie I've seen this year! Johnny Depp is great as the eternally inebriated pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. His quirky arm and paranoid eye movements are great to watch. The way he speaks and his witty remarks are excellent. This is not a movie an actor can get an Oscar nomination for, but Depp definitely deserves it. Depp was wonderful, but the rest of the cast was great as well.
Keira Knightley looks very much like Natalie Portman, which is not a bad thing at all. In fact, I noticed she was in Star Wars: Phantom Menace with Portman. She played Sabé, who ever the hell that was.
Orlando Bloom was a much better elf than wannabe pirate. He actually came off as kind of bland, but I think it fit his role as the goody goody hero. Sure he joins up with a pirate, but he is still a good boy trying to save his love.
The pirates were all natural. Some were badass while others were comedic relief. They all looked the part and acted the part.
The actual plot of the movie was very believable. I mean you have to get past the part of an evil Aztec curse, but if you believe that then the rest follows easily.
I really enjoyed the fact that the special effects were not the stars of the movie. They were used sparingly but effectively. When they were used they looked real (as real as evil, deranged, zombie pirates can look).
I recommend you stay for the entire credits. They show a little extra at the very end. It doesn't affect the movie much but is still cool to see.