Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black PearlThe last time Disney decided to make a movie based upon a theme park ride yielded The Country Bears, a strange, strange movie. Luckily, things are much better this time with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a rousing pirate epic. This is the first time that Disney has released a PG-13 rated film under their Walt Disney Pictures imprints, ratings like these usually go to Touchstone. So how well did the ride transform into the film? Aside from the name and a few sly references, the two have little in common, which is probably a good thing.
Pirates also has a sense of fun and adventure missing from many other movies. There is danger, but one never feels that the good guys will ever get hurt. This spirit, and some great acting are also enough to get past some of the logical lapses of the film (why would the British keep fighting skeletons that cannot die?). Bloom and Knightley are still at the early point in their careers, and both possess stunningly good looks that will surely help them on their way up. Pirates gives them a chance for a higher profile roles aside Depp and Rush. Depp is the star of this movie, and the real reason why I enjoyed it so much. Like many Bruckheimer movies, this one is pretty brainless, but it's fun at the same time.