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Friday, 15 March 2013

#218 - 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' (2003)

"You're off the edge of the map, mate. Here there be monsters." - Barbossa.
Elizabeth Swann, The Governor's daughter is kidnapped by a crew of pirates lead by Captain Barbossa. The unlikely duo of Will Turner, a blacksmith madly in love with Elizabeth, and Jack Sparrow, a swashbuckling pirate, team up to try and save her. Aboard the Black Pearl, a legendary ship, Barbossa reveals that he and his crew are cursed and need Elizabeth in order to break said curse, lest they continue to roam the seas neither living nor dead.
Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.
Okay. This film is okay. The less said about the sequels, the better and I haven't even bothered with the fourth one. But my main gripe with this series has always been: 'Why didn't they just make a Monkey Island film series?' If you're not familiar with Monkey Island, allow me to fill you in. Wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood falls in love with Elaine, the Governor of Mêlée Island. However, she gets kidnapped by the evil ghost Pirate LeChuck and his cursed undead crew. She is taken to his hideout below Monkey Island while Guybrush has to find a crew and try to save her. Sounds familiar, right? 

For more on this, I suggest you read this article:

Elaine and Guybrush / Elizabeth and Will.
I love the Monkey Island game series and used to spend hours on it on Dad's Amiga. I think that's why I just don't enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean that much. Johnny Depp does his best as Jack Sparrow and is a funny and likeable character but that's about it for positives. Tell a lie, there is another positive. The soundtrack is good. I do like Hans Zimmer's 'He's a Pirate' but in honesty it isn't a patch on Michael Land's classic 'Secret of Monkey Island' soundtrack. 
The Black Pearl, no sorry, LeChuck's Ghost Ship.
Now that Disney has bought Lucasfilm, and hence LucasArts, maybe they can correct the errors of their ways and make a good pirate film series with a good narrative that makes sense. Anyway, I'm off to play Monkey Island again. "I am rubber, you are glue."

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