For the first 45-minutes, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is quite entertaining and fun to watch. But the longer it goes on, the more messier and frustrating it becomes to watch. Gore Verbinski is clearly a director who can make a blockbuster as this big look amazingly good. But even with it's visual strenghts there is no denying that the screenplay by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot is a one big mess. There has been clearly too many cooks in the kitchen when it comes to story and all the nicely choreographed swordfights and supernatural twists in the story cannot save this film from sinking into it's own overlenght.
Cast is clearly having just fun with their characters. Especially Johnny Depp as a iconic Jack Sparrow is offbeat character who serves most of the film's best comedic moments. Orlando Bloom is likeable as a young blacksmith turned into hero and Geoffrey Rush seems to enjoy his role as mean Captain Barbossa. Weakest link here seems to be Keira Knightley as a Elizabeth Swann. There is something awfully forced in her performance and i never cared about her character that much. But as i said, this is no film that is even trying to reach for any larger than life performances.
The Curse of the Black Pearl is a film which is made to look and sound as big and loud as possible. It is a film that aims for pure entertainment. Sometimes it does succeed in delivering the fun but most of the time it misses it's mark and becomes only a boring and overblown mess. With tighter editing this could have been much more rewarding and richer experience to sit through.
There is no doubt that fans of Johnny Depp will rate this film higher, but there is no deying that this is far from perfect, or even average, entertainment. There is no real moviemaking magic to be found from here and there is no real sense of good old adventure. This is all just polished surface with hollow core.