This paper illustrates that “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” narrates the story of a captain of a pirates’ ship, Jack Sparrow. Therefore, the film does not only show the adventures of how Jack Sparrow arrived at his salvation but also narrates how he won the hearts and admiration of Will Turner and Elizabeth who gambled their lives for Sparrow and for each other. Although Elizabeth came from an affluent family and was loved by a commodore, she was lured by the thrill and mystery of the adventures of the infamous captain Jack Sparrow who obviously knew about the medallion Elizabeth was wearing when he saved her from drowning. When she was kidnapped by the cursed pirates who believed the woman to be the child of their traitor, their only passport back to normal lives, Elizabeth came face to face with the characters she just once read about. She then found out that ghosts and great wealth were not simply rumors or fictitious information but that they were as real as she was. This then led to the involvement of the real owner of the medallion which Elizabeth took from the child they found on the sea, Will, trying to save the woman that he loved. Although Will was deeply hurt to know who he really was, he did not stop loving Elizabeth nor did he stop showing his boldness and courage. When Sparrow finally got his life back to normal, he was sentenced to be hanged until he dies. However, Will boldly rescued him and fought for his freedom. Elizabeth did the same and the two soon found out that they were both in love with each other and would do the right things they must do. Since the commodore saw how daring the two proved their love for each other, he gave them their blessings with Elizabeth’s father following suit. In appreciating the story further, this paper is going to discuss more on the characters, visual effects, action and cinematography.
Pirates of the Caribbean is obviously fictitious so that any unbelievable information could have been expected. It speaks of great wealth often heard in tales as well as ghosts and the living dead. Nevertheless, the film also reflects realistic events and characters. It is set in England where real people’s lives were depicted quite realistically. However, there are some elements which may not seem true in real life. For instance, when sparrow was trying to escape the authorities, he was just running but no bullet ever hit him. In real life, there is always a great chance a person gets hit with a bullet even if he is running especially so that there are a lot of officers aiming at only one person, firing simultaneously. Nevertheless, this is easily dismissed in the film because the stunts seem quite difficult, therefore taking the viewers’ eyes away from such trivial discrepancies.
Again, as a fictitious adventure story, the film is expected to show visual effects. Although the circumstances and characters are not real, visual effects were used to bring to life the chimerical elements of the story. For example, as a living dead, captain Barbosa had to be portrayed as a decaying person. It took visual effects to bring about an image of a man with the wine directly dripping down as he gulped a bottle of wine. The skeletal features of the pirates fighting, created an almost real-life situation because of the imageries portrayed in the film. Therefore, even though it is a known fact that the characters are the products of the producer’s creative minds, the scenes are very engaging and effectively affects the viewers both emotionally and psychologically. The film somehow has an effect on people, making them scream and laugh accordingly.
The film is also action-packed. Since it involves a lot of actions coupled with wonderful conversations, the film is able to tell the