Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ★★★★½

I haven't seen Curse of the Black Pearl since I was about 10, but rewatching is like slipping into a pair of old, much-loved slippers. Pure cinematic comfort food, overstuffed in all the best ways but never dull. Has all the glorious wink-wink bravado of a classic Errol Flynn swashbuckler with a few contemporary elements thrown in.
The action sequences are good, but surprisingly enough it's the humour and sly charm which the picture exudes from beginning to end that really sticks - an absolute rarity in blockbusters. It isn't really a hangout film (it's far too quick on its feet for that), but it loves its characters and takes its time in setting the geography of the story up and letting us get to know everyone a little. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but I'm a sucker for a blockbuster with heart - and this has it. Highly recommended.

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