Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
May 19, 2006 at 6:30 and 10:00pm in 26-100 and
May 21, 2006 at 6:30pm in 26-100.
Loosely inspired by the time-honored Disney theme-park ride, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a swashbuckling high-seas tale directed by Gore Verbinski. When Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), an eccentric rogue, arrives at Port Royal, he barely avoids going down with his ship. Soon enough, he's in the market for a new one, but not before he saves the life of Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the beautiful daughter of the governor (Jonathan Pryce). This act of bravery sets into motion a sweeping adventure involving Elizabeth's childhood friend, blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom); a mysterious medallion; and a legendary pirate ship, the Black Pearl. The Pearl's mottled Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) wants Elizabeth's doubloon necklace, and when she's kidnapped by the ol' salty dog and his crew, Sparrow and young Will must rescue her and find out the truth behind the ship's curse. Verbinski's Pirates is a welcome throwback to Hollywood offerings of yesteryear, filled with rope-swinging heroes, crusty villains, treasure hoards, swift swordplay, and even wittier wordplay. [rottentomatoes.com]
"Crisp and light and never dull."
-- Jeffrey M. Anderson, The San Francisco Examiner. Read this review.