These are not the kind of pirates we've been hearing so much about in the news lately. These high seas hackers have never heard of Napster (however, rumor has it that Johnny Depp did draw upon musical inspiration for his pirate persona, Captain Jack Sparrow).
It has been a long time since there's been a major pirate motion picture. There was Renny Harlan's Cutthroat Island back in 1995, followed a year later by Muppet Treasure Island. It's no wonder filmmakers and studios decided to back off from the genre and give people time to forget. It's been a full decade and then some since the last semi-decent movie in the genre, Hook, hit the big screen. But even that was not entirely a pirate movie. Adventure on the high seas has run the gamut lately from The Perfect Storm to the Sinbad TV series. If you really wanted some good, old-fashioned swashbuckling, you had to hit the video rack and rent a Flynn or Fairbanks flick.
Peg-legs, parrots, hidden treasure, plank-walking and plunging necklines... Now, that's what a pirate movie is about! It's all here in the epic new adventure from Disney, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The $125 million supernatural swashbuckler is indeed loosely based upon the Disneyland ride we all know and love, but it's more of an homage than an adaptation. Director Gore Verbinski, with the help of his talented crew, got the look and feel of the ride just right... I could practically smell the fake fog and the phony gunpowder.
Set in the the 17th century, Pirates of the Caribbean is the story of a roguish, handsome, dashing -- and yes, often bumbling -- pirate, Jack Sparrow. Sparrow reluctantly teams up with a comely young woman (Keira Knightley)...