Pirates of the Caribbean is a fantasy series produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and is based on Walt Disney’s theme park ride of the same name.
The film series started in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean:The Curse of the Black Pearl being the first movie of the series, received much acclamation and positive reviews from the critics.
After the first film’s success, Walt Disney released the franchise’s second film, titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest it was three years later in 2006, the sequel proved to be quite successful, breaking records worldwide on the the day of its premiere. Dead Man’s Chest ended up being the number one film of the year by earning around $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.
The third film in the series, titled Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End released in 2007 and Disney released a fourth film, titled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides it was released in 2011. The fifth installment of the series was released in 2017 titled Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead men tell no tales.
Pirates of the Caribbean:The Curse of the Black Pearl
While sailing to Port Royal,Jamaica, aboard HMS Dauntless, Governor Weatherby Swann ,Admiral James Norrington,and his daughter Elizabeth discover a boy named Will Turner, Elizabeth discovers a golden pirate medallion around his neck, and keeps it in order to protect him.
Eight years later, Norrington is promoted to commodore and proposes to Elizabeth. Her corset makes her faint and fall into the sea, which causes her medallion to emit a pulse. Captain Jack Sparrow who is also a pirate just arrives at the Port Royal to commander a ship, he rescues Eliabeth,Norrington recognizes Jack to be a Pirate and chases him, in the middle of the chase Jack encounters Will who is now a blacksmith and swordman , they have a duel as a result of which Jack is caught and imprisoned.
The same night a crew of the Black Pearl attacks Port Royal in search of the medallion. The crew of the Pearl capture Elizabeth, take her to Cpaptain Barbossa, Elizabeth claims her last name is Turner to conceal her identity as the governor’s daughter. She learns that her medallion is one of 882 gold pieces that Barbossa’s crew took from a treasure. An Aztec curse on the treasure condemns them to become living corpses under moonlight and with immortality but unable to enjoy anything, until they return all of the pieces and atone in blood, with the medallion being the final piece. Barbossa takes her prisoner, believing her to be the daughter of William Bootstrap Bill Turner whose blood is needed to lift the curse.
Will frees Jack to rescue Elizabeth, because Will loves Elizabeth.Whereas Jack Sparrow was the original owner of the The Black Pearl before Barbossa staged a sabotage to take the ship.
Jack frees Will and duels Barbossa, while Elizabeth and Will fight off Barbossa’s crewmen. Barbossa stabs Jack in the stomach, but the it is revealed that Jack is also under the Aztec curse because he secretly took a piece of gold from the chest of Cortés. Jack then shoots Barbossa, and Will drops both coins into the chest of treasure, with his and Jack’s blood on them. The curse is lifted, causing Barbossa to die from Jack’s gunshot, the rest of Barbossa’s crew, realizing that they are no longer immortal, surrender and are arrested by the Royal Navy.
Back at the Port Royal, Jack has been sentenced to death and is to be hanged for piracy.In order to rescue Jack ,Elizabeth diverts Norrington’s attention and Will attempts a rescue but they fail to do so and are surrounded, now both Jack and Will are with held at the gunpoint.Elizabeth intervenes and declares her love for Will, leaving Norrington disappointed and sad.Governor Swann pardons Will and gives his blessing for Elizabeth to marry him. Jack escapes aboard the Black Pearl, finally reclaiming the ship. Norrington permits Jack and the Pearl “one day’s head start” before initiating chase.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The wedding of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann is halted when Lord cutler Beckett, chairman of the East India Company arrives with search warrants for them as well as for Norrington because he allowed Jack to escape, Norrington resigned and disappeared after losing the Navy’s flagship,HMS Dauntless, in a hurricane while pursuing Jack. Meanwhile, Jack is visited by Will’s father,Bootstrap Bill Turner aboard the Black Pearl, Bootstrap is now a crewman on the Flying Dutchman which is captained by Davy Jones, Jack previously bartered a deal with Jones to raise the Pearl from the depths; now Jack must join Jones’ crew or be dragged to the locker by the Kraken. Meanwhile, Beckett promises to free Elizabeth only if Will agrees to bring him Jack’s magic compass which points to whatever the holder wants most.
Will finds Jack and the crew on an island and frees them from the cannibals. Shortly after, Governor Swann frees Elizabeth from jail, but he is then captured. Elizabeth bargains with Beckett to find the compass. Disguised as a cabin boy aboard a Scottish merchant vessel, she makes her way to Tortuga where she later finds Jack and also a drunken Norrington. Jack and the crew visit, Tia Dalma who reveals Jones’ weakness is his heart, which is locked within the Dead Man’s Chest. Jack must find it and the key that opens it. Locating the Dutchman, Will makes a deal with Jack to find the key to the chest in return for Jack’s compass.
Jack hires a new crew, including Elizabeth and Norrington. With Elizabeth’s use of Jack’s compass, they are able to locate the chest. All parties arrive on Isla where the chest is buried, but a three-way sword fight breaks out between Jack, Will, and Norrington, who all want the heart for their respective goals: Jack wants to call off the Kraken and negate his debt to Jones; Will wants to release his father from the Dutchman; and Norrington wants to regain his life as a Navy officer. In the chaos, Norrington secretly steals the heart and runs off, pretending to lure away the Dutchman‘s crew. Jones attacks the Pearl with the Kraken, which kills most of the crew and destroys all but one of the Pearl‘s lifeboats, but Jack, who briefly flees the battle, returns and wounds the Kraken.
The Kraken drags Jack and the Pearl to Davy Jones’ Locker. Jones opens the chest to discover his heart is gone. In Port Royal, Norrington gives Beckett the heart allowing him back into the navy as well as allowing Beckett to gain control of Davy Jones and the seas. The Pearl‘s crew take shelter with Tia Dalma, where they all agree to rescue Jack. Tia Dalma introduces the captain who will guide them: resurrected Barbossa.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
This installation is in continuation from the previous film where, Tia Dalma, Elizabeth and other crew members of the Black Pearl rescue Jack from Jones’ locker they are headed by Barbossa.
The crew seeks help from Captain Sao Feng( Pirate Lord of South China Sea) who owns navigational charts to the Locker. Beckett’s soldiers invade, but the crew escape. Will secretly promises to give Jack to Feng in return for the Pearl, which he will use to rescue his father Bootstrap Turner from the Flying Dutchman.
The crew travels to the Locker, rescuing Jack and recovering the Black Pearl. The crew encounters many dead souls, including Elizabeth’s father Governor Swann who was executed by Beckett. Tia Dalma reveals that the Goddess Calypso charged Davy Jones with the job to guide the souls of those who died at sea to the next world. Once every ten years he could come ashore to be with the woman he loved. But he corrupted his purpose and was cursed to become a monster. The soul of Governor Swann reveals that whoever kills Jones, by stabbing his disembodied heart, must take his place as the Dutchman‘s captain.
In the middle of the struggle,Elizabeth and Will are wed by Barbossa whereas Admiral Norrington is killed by Will’s father who had been overtaken by the Dutchman’s curse. On board the Dutchman, Jones and Jack engage in a duel for control of Davy Jones’ heart. Jones stabs Will,wounding him. Jack gives up his chance for immortality and instead helps Will stab the heart, killing Jones, whose body falls in the sea, Jack and Elizabeth escape the Dutchman as it is sucked into the storm.
As Beckett’s ship, the Endeavour, approaches to destroy the Pearl, the Dutchman rises from the sea, now captained by Will; the crew has been freed from Jones’ curse. Together, the two pirate ships destroy the Endeavour. A stunned Beckett goes down with his ship. With Will now forever bound to escort souls lost at sea to the next world, he and Elizabeth bid farewell to each other on the beach of an abandoned island. Will departs on the Dutchman, leaving Elizabeth pregnant and with the chest containing his heart.
In a post credit scene set ten years later, Elizabeth and her son watch from a sea cliff as Will returns aboard the Dutchman.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
This movie stars new faces like Penelope Cruz as Angelica, she is a former lover of Jack Sparrow and daughter of an evil pirate Blackbeard.They set of on a journey to find the fountain of youth for blackbeard.
After a failed mutiny aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Jack is forced to guide the crew to the Fountain.The Fountain’s water must simultaneously be drunk by two people from the chalices. Drinking from one chalice containing a mermaid’s tear will extend life; the second person dies, their remaining years of life transferred to the other drinker. Jack also discovers that the Black Pearl was captured and shrunk before being added to Blackbeard’s collection of other shrunken ships in bottle.
At the Fountain, Blackbeard’s crew is confronted by Barbossa and his men and they battle while Barbossa and Blackbeard fight. The Spanish suddenly arrive, intending to destroy the Fountain, believing its power an abomination against God. They crush the chalices and throw them in the swamp.
When Barbossa stabs Blackbeard with a poisoned sword, Angelica pulls it out and is cut and poisoned. Jack notices Angelica is poisoned and begins frantically searching the swamp for the chalices. Despite resistance from Blackbeard’s crew, the Spanish successfully pull down a pillar, crushing the Fountain of Youth.
The Spanish army leaves once the fountain is in ruins. Syrena,the mermaid helps Jack retrieve the missing chalices and gives them to him, telling him not to waste her tear. She says she can save him if he asks her to.
With Blackbeard and Angelica both nearing death, Jack retrieves the last remaining drops of water from the destroyed fountain and puts the tear in one of them. Knowing that one of them must be sacrificed, he wants Angelica to drink from the chalice containing the tear. Instead, Blackbeard drinks it, asking his daughter to save him. Angelica agrees and drinks from the second chalice.
Jack is upset to lose Angelica, but reveals that he made a mistake about which chalice contained the tear. Neither of the two are happy, and they both believe Jack deliberately tricked them. Angelica’s wounds are healed as the Fountain fatally consumes Blackbeard’s body, killing him.
Eventually, Jack and Angelica admit their love for each other, yet he distrusts her intentions ,aware that she may try to avenge her father.
Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead men tell no tales
This most recent release of the franchise released in 2017 starts by introducing young Henry turner who is studying about sea and the curses in order to break his father’s curse(Will turner), he finds a map to find his father( Flying Dutchman) and tells him that by finding the Trident of Posiedon the curse can be broken, Will tells him to forget about it and to remain away from Jack Sparrow.
Instead of listening to his father Henry set’s off in search of Jack meanwhile he joins the British Royal navy as a sailor where the ship he is in crosses the Devil’s Triangle where they stumble upon the ghost led crew of the Captain Salazar who is seeking a revenge from Jack Sparrow.Salazar asks Henry to find Jack and tell him that Salazar is coming for him.
In Saint Marin,a young astronomer, horologist named Carin Smyth is sentenced to death for witchcraft but escapes and briefly crosses paths with Jack.She is also in search of the trident and is the only person who is able to raed the map which leads to the trident.
During the voyage, Jack and Barbossa realize Carina is the latter’s long-lost daughter. Barbossa tells Jack that he had left her at an orphanage with his diary so she could live a better life, and refuses to tell her the truth so she will continue to believe her father was an astronomer.
Approaching the Trident’s island, Salazar captures Henry and possesses him in order to walk on the ocean floor and seize the Trident. Once he does so, Henry is given his body back, and Jack distracts Salazar, allowing Henry to destroy the Trident, breaking all curses upon the sea and restoring Salazar’s crew to life.
However, the divided sea begins to collapse in on itself but Salazar pursues them, still determined on killing Jack. Carina realizes that Barbossa is her father when she spots a tattoo on his arm identical to the diary’s cover. Barbossa sacrifices himself to kill Salazar, allowing the others to escape alive.
Sometime later, Henry and Carina reach Port Royal, where Will appears, free from the Dutchman. His wife ,Elizabeth appears later and the Turner family reunites. Henry and Carina kiss.
My thoughts and Review
I personally believe that Pirates of the Caribbean is an amazing series of fantasy movies which have altogether entertained us with the thriller , action and comedy summed up into a full blockbuster.
The role of Jack Sparrow has left behind enormous fans buzzing over Johnny Depp’s amazing and acting is way of performing.Orlando Bloom ,Keira Knightley , Geoffrey Rush and all the other actors have given all the excitement of a perfect fantasy series to us in these movies.