Elizabeth Swan’s dreams are frequently invaded by the memory of the day she met William Turner.  She was a young girl accompanying her father on the crossing from England to the Caribbean Islands where he was to be governor.  Will was a young boy and the only survivor after the ship he was on suddenly exploded.  The crew on Elizabeth’s ship rescued young William and while Elizabeth attended to the unconscious stranger she discovered a mysterious piece of what had to have been pirate gold.  Being a curious and educated girl, Elizabeth had heard the other crew members whisper of the possibility of the explosion being a result of a pirate attack and she knew anyone accused of being a pirate met with the gallows.  Elizabeth secretly hid the gold trinket to protect Will from any suspicions of being a pirate and meeting with certain death.

 It has been eight years since Will was rescued by the English ship and his thoughts never stray far from that fateful day when he first met Elizabeth Swan.  They have remained acquaintances since arriving in the Caribbean and Will has admired Elizabeth from afar as he became an apprentice to the local blacksmith and she has grown into a beautiful young woman in the governor’s mansion.  He is a skilled blacksmith, but he has also become skilled in using the weapons he makes.  An orphan, Will has taught himself to fight to defend himself against pirates, who he blames for his father’s death and for almost killing him.  Will’s loyalty and fighting skills are put to the test when Elizabeth is kidnapped by brutal pirates who escape on a ghost-like ship with black sails.  Will enlists the help of a jailed pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, a complete scalawag who only looks out for himself, to chase down the pirates and save Elizabeth.  Little does Will know, but Jack used to be the captain of the ghostly Black Pearl, Elizabeth’s kidnappers are Jack’s former crew who have come under a deadly curse, and Jack Sparrow never agrees to do anything unless there is something in it for him.  An adventure of epic proportions ensues as Will Turner undertakes a cross seas endeavor to save his true love and learns the hard way to never trust a pirate.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is based on the Walt Disney theme park ride of the same name, but do not expect a mild ride filled with robotic performances.  The movie version is a thrilling story full of clever twists and turns.  The filmmakers have turned the “pirate’s life for me” theme into a tantalizing dramatic movie with amazing special effects.  With Jerry Bruckheimer as producer and the eccentric Gore Verbinski as director this movie is filled with stunning visuals and breathtaking tropical settings.  Never seen before special effects combined with an exciting and clever story make Pirates of the Caribbean a classic film for the entire family to enjoy.

This movie is over-flowing with comedic gold and dramatic perfection that could not be possible without the amazing performances by the actors and actresses.  Orlando Bloom is a strapping young gentleman as Will Tuner and Keira Knightley is not the typical damsel in distress in her portrayal of Elizabeth Swan.  Bloom and Knightley are the latest star-crossed lovers destined to be in love, but always running into trouble.  The two most memorable performances come from the film’s antagonist and protagonist.  Geoffrey Rush is a villain of epic proportions as Captain Hector Barbossa.  His clever nastiness is unsurpassed as the leader of motley and rag tag crew of the Black Pearl.  The most outstanding performance is given by Johnny Depp as the scurrilous yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow.  Depp’s Oscar worthy Sparrow is destined to become one of the great characters of cinema.   He is the embodiment of all that is wrong yet so right with being a pirate.  No doubt his charms will win over all types of movie fans who will want to join his crew.  His antics and appearance as Sparrow redefines the typical Errol Flynn Captain Blood pirate.  All these amazing performances combine to make Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl only the beginning to what will become one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history but the bar for movie magic has been set very high, all to the benefit of loyal movie fans.