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These are not the kind of pirates weve been hearing so much about in the news lately These high seas hackers have never heard of Napster however rumor has it that Johnny Depp did draw upon musical inspiration for his pirate persona Captain Jack Sparrow It has been a long time since theres been a major pirate motion picture There was Renny Harlans Cutthroat Island back in 1995 followed a year later by Muppet Treasure Island Its no wonder filmmakers and studios decided to back off from the genre and give people time to forget Its been a full decade and then some since the last semi-decent movie in the genre Hook hit the big screen But even that was not entirely a pirate movie Adventure on the high seas has run the gamut lately from The Perfect Storm to the Sinbad TV series If you really wanted some good old-fashioned swashbuckling you had to hit the video rack and rent a Flynn or Fairbanks flick Peg-legs parrots hidden treasure plank-walking and plunging necklines Now thats what a pirate movie is about Its all here in the epic new adventure from Disney Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl The 125 million supernatural swashbuckler is indeed loosely based upon the Disneyland ride we all know and love but its more of an homage than an adaptation Director Gore Verbinski with the help of his talented crew got the look and feel of the ride just right I could practically smell the fake fog and the phony gunpowder Set in the the 17th century Pirates of the Caribbean is the story of a roguish handsome dashing -- and yes often bumbling -- pirate Jack Sparrow Sparrow reluctantly teams up with a comely young woman Keira Knightley and a comely young man Orlando Bloom to put the kibosh on the diabolical plans of the undead pirate Barbossa Geoffrey Rush who has
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