2003. dir. Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush.
Seen it before? Yes.
How often are we lucky enough to watch a movie acted by someone who IS the lead character? Sure there's Connery's Bond (sadly no movies are on this list), there's Damon's Bourne (you're in luck Bourne Ultimatum is on the list) but then there is Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow - he's slightly tipsy, is smooth talking (despite getting into a heap load of trouble regardless of the smooth talking), and just perfect for this role!
The CGI wasn't overdone. The scenes where the pirates turn into their cursed selves are so well done it's just awesome. The story was easy to follow and you just can't tear your eyes off the screen. I also really liked the Tortuga scenes when Captain Jack tells whether he deserved the slaps or not. The pirates Pintel and Ragetti are hilarious. I'm glad they were kept for the whole series. Daniel found it hilarious when the canons spouted silverware and Ragetti got a fork to his eye.
But I think my favorite part by far is the music. Klaus Badelt created music that just stuck with you the whole time (even after the movie ended) and has since been stolen for use at many sporting events including the beginning of the White Sox and Pirates games. It's exciting and it pulls you in to the movie.
Own it, Love it, so glad this movie made the list!
Yes, scarily enough I agree with Sam's Goofus and Gallant comparisons!