Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
The MPAA rated Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black
Pearl (2003) PG-13 for action/adventure violence.
Like a heavy ocean fog, trouble rolls into the coastal town of
Port Royal when Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) lightly sets foot on
the locals wooden wharf. Having lost command of his ship
during a mutiny, the roguish captain is consumed with getting
the Black Pearl back from his double-crossing first mate, Barbossa
(Geoffrey Rush). And he isnt above commandeering someone
elses boat to do it.
But his plans to steal the British Navys fastest vessel,
the HMS Interceptor, are disrupted when Barbossa and the mutineers
fire on the seaside settlement and kidnap Elizabeth, the daughter
of the Governor (Keira Knightley). Eager to help the friend who
once saved his life, Will Tanner (Orlando Bloom), a young blacksmith,
begs Jack to help him find the legendary ship and free the captured
girl from the pirates.
Meanwhile, another rescue party is being organized by Commodore
Norrington (Jack Davenport), the newly promoted British officer
who wants to marry the pirates hostage. As he barks orders
at his underlings, Jack and Will slip away on the Interceptor
and set a full sail course for the tiny Caribbean island where
the Black Pearl docks.
However, due to the misdeeds of Barbossa and his band of thieves,
an eerie curse has befallen the Black Pearl--a curse that dooms
them to exist between the spheres of life and death until they
can undo the hex.
For many, Johnny Depp and Walt Disney Pictures are an unlikely
combination to appear in the same movie credits. Suffice it to
say, there was some bending on the part of both parties to make
it happen. The usually family-friendly official Disney studio
banner received its first ever PG-13 rating in the United States
and Depps bizarre character, who wears heavy black eyeliner,
gold teeth and double chin braids, was toned down from the original
Like Country Bears, this film is based on a Disney theme park
attraction. But dont expect Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl to be a suitable ride for all family
members. Prolonged and often tedious amounts of fantasy violence
include on-screen shootings, stabbings and multiple impalings.
While teens may be intrigued with the pirates moonlit transformation
from human being to rotting skeleton, children will likely find
the change a little scary.
The rakish, ousted pirate captain also appears to be a little
tipsy. It could be from too much sun or the burning desire for
revenge. But its more likely the regular consumption of
rum that leaves Jack weaving across the screen in this film that
plays alcohol use for comedy.
While slashing several scenes of sword fighting could easily
have shortened this script to a more satisfying length, the swashbuckling
action will likely appeal to many teens. In addition, Wills
desire to make an honorable name for himself despite his family
history allows these boisterous buccaneers to barely squeeze into
the B grade.