Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (Verbinski)

Sorry it’s been so long on the updates. I forgot to announce I was going out of town for a week. I was at Disneyworld, and on return was inspired to finish the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski, 2003)

This was a fun movie. First and foremost, Johnny Depp makes this movie. His performance is easily one of the best I have ever seen in a family movie. He’s nervous and jumpy, yet confident when he needs to be. His facial expressions and body movements illustrate his character perfectly. He’s funny, but never past the point of believability.

Another reason I liked this movie so well is probably because of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Disney theme parks. I love those rides and the references in this film are present enough to be noticeable, but not distracting. If you haven’t seen this movie, see it and enjoy.  7.5/10

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Gore Verbinski, 2006)

This was not as good as the first one – that’s the best way to describe this. It was still an enjoyable movie, but too flawed. My biggest complaint about the movie is the subtle difference in Jack Sparrow. Depp didn’t seem to shine in this one like he did in the first. He is more of a caricature of his character from the first. It’s obvious Verbinski wants his audience to laugh, and it gets to the point where certain scenes are awkwardly unfunny.

Also, the lack of a second strong actor made this film weaker. Without Geoffrey Rush, there was no 1, 2, acting punch. The character of Davy Jones was interesting, but he and his army were a bit too much of a CGI fest. The mythology of their ship and crew was interesting, and the second half of the film (outside of the overly long final battle scene) was much better than the first. Also, the cinematography in this film is probably the best of the bunch. But overall, this isn’t as good as the first.  6/10

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Gore Verbinski, 2007)

Even though this installment features the best scenes in the entire trilogy, it is still the weakest overall effort. The film begins with the group of protagonists searching for Jack Sparrow in a sort of purgatory. This is where the film shines. There is an entertainingly surreal feeling to these scenes. Heck, I would have been fine if majority of the film was spent hunting down Jack in this strange other world.

Unfortunately, this only takes up about 1/3 of the film, and what follows is a mess of confusion. The writers seem to be bumbling through an inconsistent mythology, some of the main characters are not who they started as (Elizabeth Swann is suddenly a powerful fighter and seaman?), and the pirates all come across as weak to help further the plot. Occasionally, a nice moment shines through. There is a scene between Davy Jones and his past flame that is haunting and somewhat touching. Unfortunately, this is a rare occurrence during the last 2/3 of the film. This film is far too up and down.  5.75/10


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