Dave’s 3-Word Review:
A worth-while series.
When I re-watched the entire franchise for Pirates of the Caribbean, I was surprised to see that none of the ratings passed the 90 barrier. That being said, it’s still a very worthy series, two of which I recommend you buy. The series may be degrading, but it’s still a very worth-while series to check out in general.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Now, this franchise is split into three sections (for the most part). The first section is one film – The Curse of the Black Pearl. This film works as a completely satisfactory standalone film, and is also most everyone’s favorite film, including me. It introduced us to the idea of the epicness of pirates in the middle of the ocean as well as a paranormal edge. It also introduced us to the characters that made the franchise a household name – Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. Even the side characters and main threats of the film held their own and made the film a compelling action fantasy that can have anyone loving it.
The second section was the second and third film, introducing us to a number of threats, primarily focused around Davy Jones and his beating heart, which has the ability to control him. Control Davy Jones, and you practically control the whole ocean. Everyone was after the Dead Man’s Chest, even into the third film. This section focused less on character development and went straight into more action sequences, beautiful imagery, and of course, more Jack. They weren’t as great as the first film, but they still had all the characters you loved from the first, and it still had that unforgettable Pirates magic and tone.
The third section is ripped furthest from the first section of the franchise – and that is the fourth and most current film. The film got rid of everyone but Jack, Gibbs, and Barbosa. Instead, it replaced some of the other more important characters with dull, bland and unimportant characters. It had some memorable scenes, but not nearly enough to have the film stand out as an important addition. Instead, what you get is something detached as it tries to make a name for itself while still keeping Jack. For me personally, this was the wrong move and felt wrong overall.