Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
With swashbuckling pirates brandishing swords, swinging from the masts of huge clipper ships and battling to recover hidden treasures, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” will spark the imagination of youngsters. The idea for the film originated from Disneyland’s popular theme-park ride of the same name. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), former captain of the legendary pirate ship Black Pearl, is overthrown by the villainous Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Jack reappears to rescue the beautiful Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley), kidnapped by the pirates. She has the gold medallion that can break the curse of the ghostly Black Pearl crewed by the damned, who are said to be “so evil hell spit them out.” Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), a talented blacksmith who longs for Elizabeth, teams up with Jack to fight Barbossa and save Elizabeth.
This film is a captivating pirate story but It is certainly too intense for younger children. In fact, although this feature includes a lot of fantasy violence, there is a lot of it and some blood is included as characters cut themselves to bleed to end a curse. In addition, the language just hits a three in our content listing which prevents us from awarding it our Dove Seal. There is non-stop fighting and action and it comes close to receiving our Seal but is ultimately a near-miss. There is good vs. evil in the story and ultimately the good prevails which is one of its nice themes. Too bad it steps one foot over our line of acceptability.