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July 10, 2003

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Surprisingly well done: sharp dialogue, terrific effects, and action sequences shot and edited so that the audience can actually follow them. The movie is refreshingly free of the relentless winking at the audience so many movies seem laden with these days. Johnny Depp's giddy delight in his role is infectious; he's having so much fun it's hard not to have fun along with him. Could have benefitted, though, from the judicious application of a "less is more" philosophy. It's too long (143 minutes) and gets bogged down with two or three too many reversals of fortune in the middle section. The final 30 minutes, however, make for a rousing finish -- but it would have been even more rousing had it come 30 minutes sooner.

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I'm not sure I agree wholeheartedly. I normally can't sit through all of a movie without looking at my watch or something of the sort and I didn't even think about the time throughout this entire movie. A rarity even if I find a movie interesting. Of course, I was drawn to Depp and Orly throughout the ENTIRE movie. Maybe they took my mind off the time....

Posted by: authgeek | Jul 11, 2003 10:45:38 PM

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