Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

This is a very enjoyable film starring Keira Knightly, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom. This is a pretty old film (well over years old). I think this was my first “grown up” movie. I remember watching it in the living room one night with my parents.

Summary below (contains spoilers)

Elizabeth Swann (Knightly) is the daughter of the governor of her town. We first meet her as a young girl on a ship. She looks out on the horizon and spots a shipwreck. The men on Elizabeth’s ship fish a boy out of the water, and Elizabeth is told to care for him. She finds a necklace on him with an odd, pirate-like coin, which she hides. He wakes up for a few seconds and introduces himself as Will, then passes out.

Older Elizabeth wakes up and finds the necklace in a drawer. We know it had been there for quite some time because of all of the dust in the drawer. She puts it on and gets ready for the day, putting on a very tight corset. She meets old Will (Bloom) in their house, for he is dropping off a sword he made.

Elizabeth goes to an event and falls off of the cliff because of the tightness of her corset. She falls into the water and is saved by Jack Sparrow (Depp). Jack tries to escape custody (he is under arrest for being a pirate). He is jailed but escapes with the help of Will, who is desperate to save Elizabeth. The night before, she was kidnapped by a group of pirates who were attacking their town. Jack and Will join forces to try to save Elizabeth (and there may be a few selfish reasons on Jack’s part).

The rest of the movie is about their attempt to save her, and fight a bunch of evil pirates, such as Captain Barbosa (Rush).

End of Spoilers

This movie is really good. I’ve seen it so many times. It’s PG-13, so not the most kid friendly, but I definitely recommend it for kids who can handle skeletons and some violence/intense scenes. Elizabeth doesn’t dress very modestly, but if I could change the costumes of the women, I would say it’s a very clean movie. And overall, it really is. I don’t remember any language (there may be a little, but none comes to mind). There is a lot of whisky, but overall it is an entertaining film.

Recommended with 5 stars for mature children and up.

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