Films I Watch A Million Times Series – Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl - Official Poster - from IMDB.com

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl – Official Poster – from IMDB.com

Pirates Of The Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Director: Gore Verbinski
Writers: Ted Elliott (screen story & screenplay) &Terry Rossio (screen story & screenplay) and Stuart Beattie (screen story) and Jay Wolpert (screen story)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom

Oh the bliss that is to fall in love with a pirate! I saw this film at the cinemas with my best friend from High School. I had a big crush on Orlando Bloom due to the Lord of The Rings trilogy (yes I know, not so appealing now, but that long blonde hair and elvish tongue, yum!) but when I left the theatre I had an even bigger crush on Johnny Depp. How can you compete when standing next to something as beautiful as a pirate in the form of Depp? I still think Elizabeth should’ve run off with Captain Jack but he would never have put up with her. They will always have that night on the island though.

This was the first film that I really fangirled over as a teen. I was obsessed with everything Pirates. I bought the DVD, watched the special features multiple times, watched the film so many times through my last year of school that I can’t recall how many times I’ve actually seen it, although my DVD looks worn. It was the film I put on in the background when I was studying, when I wanted to fall asleep, when I wanted to escape into another world, when I wanted to daydream. It was fun, action packed, funny, and well crafted.

Admittedly the second and third film in the franchise were not as wonderful, and the fourth was a little strange as well, but the original is always the best – except possibly in the case of Toy Story because the third one made me cry like a baby and laugh like a little girl. Anyway… Pirates Of The Caribbean was a brilliant film because it combined all the things I loved about action films, comedies, periods and romance. The grittiness of pirates contrasted with the beauty of the Caribbean with brilliance. The humour of Depp was startling against the drama of Geoffrey Rush. The special effects were stunning. The story line well-balanced. The performances of the actors throughout the film are still entertaining and still make me giggle.

But through all of these features there is one thing that always keeps me coming back for more. It is that it is simple and charming. It isn’t a hard film to watch. It’s purely entertaining. I love that it is a fun film that I can watch over and over again. And even though it’s probably not to everyone’s taste, it is to mine. It doesn’t necessarily have a big moral story overlaying it, nor does it try to be too complicated, it just takes you along for the ride and lets you enjoy the scenery and the ebb and flow of the pirate film. This is what a great action film does for me, it tells an exciting story and allows you to enjoy it. And that’s why I’ll keep on watching it into my old age.

Do you have a film that you watch repeatedly just because you enjoy it?

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Creep of the Creepy – Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows - Official Poster - from IMDB.com

Dark Shadows – Official Poster – from IMDB.com

Dark Shadows (2012)

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith (screenplay), John August (story) and Seth Grahame-Smith (story), Dan Curtis (television series)
Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green

I’m really not sure whether it’s because I can’t hate Johnny Depp and Tim Burton and I am always intrigued by the films they decide to make or whether it’s that I actually enjoyed this film but for the first time in my life I didn’t mind watching a film with a vampire as the lead character. I know that this wasn’t the best film ever made. There were so many issues with the script and the delivery of the story. It was cheesy and disappointing for a lot of the film as I wanted it to be more exciting and just simply better. The relationships between the characters felt incredibly forced and the only character I liked was the drunken Doctor (portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter) who only played a minor role and basically only turned up for one liners. There is one highlight of this film though and that is that I know the entire cast can play incredibly creepy extremely well now. If there was ever a film that was going to be high on the creep list it was this one, but they all take it to the extra level of creepy and in the light of the rest of the cast Johnny Depp seems reasonably sane in the film. The end of the film is surprising and it kind of made up for the rest of it but I can’t say that this is at the top of my favourite Depp/Burton films. I really wanted to love this film but it lacks what it really needed, some sanity within the creepy. I enjoyed it while I was watching it but it didn’t satisfy my expectations (as low as they were) for a good Depp/Burton film and it makes me sad that this is the case. If you like Burton and Depp you will probably enjoy this film but don’t expect it to enter your top ten of anything, not even worse films as it is simply mediocre.