Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2003
****
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

An overlong but thoroughly enjoyable pirate action comedy which relies very heavily on Johnny Depp’s hilarious performance as Jack Sparrow. He’s the former captain of Black Pearl, a ship whose crew is cursed (to be GCI-enhanced). Based on an amusement park ride. Followed by several inferior sequels: Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides, and Dead Men Tell No Tales.