Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl
July 9, 2003
This is one of a series of Disney movies based on some of their theme-park attractions. The Country Bears and The Haunted Mansion are among others.
There is little information out about this film, but we know about the basic premise. It involves rescuing a ship from the clutches of a band of pirates who are trying to reverse an ancient curse. But this could change very easily. The script has already gone through a couple of rewrites.
The director, Gore Verbinski, has previous experience with the family movie genre. He was at the helm of the film Mouse Hunt. The movie is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, so expect some intense action scenes and a big budget. We'll keep you updated as more details become available. (Marty Doskins/BOP)
July 3, 2003
Ahhhh, Bruckheimer and Disney--two great tastes that taste great together. Well, maybe "great taste" is matter of some debate, depending on how much you enjoy watching things blowing up and whatnot. But regardless of whether you like his movies, producer Bruckheimer has generally had an excellent track record of turning even the most dodgy of cinematic sow's ears (*cough*Kangeroo Jack*cough*) into money-lined silk purses for his studio partners. Bruckheimer knows how to bring the big production values to a project, and since he and Disney have had such a lucrative partnership over the years, all he generally needs to do is get on the phone and tell them where to send the money trucks. Consequently, as soon as we heard that Bruckheimer was involved with Pirates of the Caribbean, we knew that we weren't dealing with the low rent, used-Hyundai variety of Disney movie (a la Deuce Bigelow or Snow Dogs), but rather, the more flashy, built to impress, Porsche class (a la Pearl Harbor or The Rock).
Furthermore, now that we know a little bit more about Pirates of the Caribbean, it's actually looking quite promising. You've got the always fun Johnny Depp, who's talented, dashing and not prone to taking himself too seriously. You've got rising star Orlando Bloom best known for roles in Lord of the Rings and Black Hawk Down. And for the hetero boys and sapphic girls, you've got everyone's favorite sexy tomboy beanpole, Bend It Like Beckham's Keira Knightley. Although this isn't even close to the highest profile product opening in July, early buzz seems generally positive.
As far as the plot goes, Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow, a "gentleman rogue pirate." Early in the story, Sparrow's ship, the Black Pearl, is stolen by his old enemy Captain Barbossa (played by frequent hambone Geoffrey Rush) and his motley crew. (Sadly, not the kind of motley crew that is prone caterwauling about Dr. Feelgood and making home-made porn with former Baywatch actresses, though I suppose both groups share a similar fashion sense and have a similar affinity for rum, booty and shouting at the devil). After Barbossa uses the Black Pearl to attack a harbor town and kidnap the governor's daughter, Elizabeth (Knightley), it's Sparrow and Will Turner (Bloom) to the rescue. Jack Davenport, best known as Steve on BBC's popular sitcom "Coupling" plays Elizabeth's obligatory snooty, sneering fiance who is inevitably doomed to get completely spanked by our plucky working class heroes by the third act.
Lastly, in an encouraging development for all of you Clash of the Titans fans out there, because of a pesky curse that's been inflicted on Barbossa and the crew, it appears that we're going to get some decent swashbuckling skeleton fight sequences. And really, what movie couldn't use a few more of those? (Calvin Trager/BOP)
Comparison films for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
|Lord of the Rings, The: The Two Towers
|Lord of the Rings, The: The Fellowship of the Ring
|Cutthroat Island *