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
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 interpretation.
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.