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Pirates Of The Caribbean

A wonderful entertainer, thrilling, engrossing and stylish

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Pirates Of The Caribbean
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rating: ***

You thought they were dead and defunct. But the wily pirates blow up the screen in Verbinski's triumphant new adventure yarn. They come in all shades and tones: there's the likeable and flamboyant Jack Sparrow (Depp), the pock-marked and menacing Captain Barbossa (Rush) and thousands of his roguish, bizarre crew. Together they make Pirates... a wonderful entertainer, thrilling, engrossing and stylish. There are enough sword fights, sea battles and sieges to keep you in thrall. But the swash-buckler is unique in the way it blends high action with small lashings of horror and huge dollops of humour, a fine mix of dainty British wit and broad farce.

Captain Barbossa attacks the town of Port Royale, kidnapping the governor's daughter Elizabeth (Knightley). Elizabeth's childhood friend, young blacksmith Will Turner (Bloom), joins hands with Jack Sparrow to rescue her. Sparrow also wants to use this opportunity to recapture his ship Black Pearl that had been stolen by Barbossa. So why is Barbossa after Elizabeth? Because he's under a curse which forces him and his crew to live forever as the undead. They are starving for death but cannot die. He'd be relieved of the spell once the plundered Aztec gold is restored, the last piece of which lies with Elizabeth—a pirate medallion.

Pirates... would be one of the rare pirate films to boast of state-of-the-art sfx particularly when Barbossa's crew transforms into skeletons under the moonlight. But not all of it is scare and spook. It is also quite funny. There is a nice play through the film on pirates' rules and codes that are constantly brushed aside as mere "guidelines".

Right from the time Depp makes his entry atop his sinking liner, he is the most likeable as a modern, romanticised pirate. With his kohl-laden eyes, bead-adorned long hair and goatee, Depp plays the pirate with hippy abandon. The imperiousness on his face, the swagger in his walk and the dandy persona make him a true picture of what we now call a metrosexual man. Only he plunders and loots on the high seas. If Depp builds on his character by going over-the-top and playing to the gallery, Rush keeps the act more subtle. Other actors might be as good as it can get but Depp and Rush leave them with little to chew on.

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