Audiences have always had a fascination with pirates. There is something intriguing (despite the dangers) of throwing off the cape of convention and living by your own rules.
In 2003, Disney released Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, a movie based on the ride with the same title.
Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is a blacksmith who is in love with Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the governors daughter. But she is engaged to Norrington (Jack Davenport). When Elizabeth is taken by pirates, led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Will must team up with the eccentric pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) to bring her home.
This movie is very interesting. Relying on certain traditional character and plot tropes for the genre, this is a movie for the masses. I have two issues with the movie. The first is that for the most part, Elizabeth is nothing more than the traditional love interest/damsel in distress (which was thankfully corrected in later films in the series) and it’s seemingly endless number of sequels. The premise worked for the first three films. After that, the writers and producers seemed to be scrambling to fill the growing plot holes.
Do I recommend this film? As a standalone film, it’s not bad. But as the first in a series of films that get worse with each release, I would say stay away, especially the more recent sequels.