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28 Things We Learned from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ Commentary

Remember when studios released big, fun adventure movies? Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp do.
Pirates Of The Caribbean Curse Of The Black Pearl
By  · Published on July 27th, 2011

Welcome to Commentary Commentary, where we sit and listen to filmmakers talk about their work, then share the most interesting parts. In this edition, Jeremy Kirk puts on his rubbers and heads out to sea where scalawags, rapscallions, and supernatural shenanigans await. Oh, and he also listened to Gore Verbinski’s and Johnny Depp’s commentary on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.


Yeah, I know that’s a lame way to start. Especially when you consider this week’s Commentary Commentary, our third, goes from essential classics like The Thing and Die Hard to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. We’re not scraping the bottom of the barrel just yet, and even though Curse of the Black Pearl is by no means a bad movie, it just hasn’t reached a level of beloved nostalgia like our first two.

Okay. Enough preamble. This DVD offers three separate commentaries featuring various members of the cast and crew, but rather than hear the insight Jack Davenport had to offer – we love you, Jack – it’s probably best to hear from the film’s director and star. So here, without any further waggery or warm-up, is what was learned from their commentary.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Commentators: Gore Verbinski (director), Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow), utterance of the word “fantastic”

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“When I saw the trailer for the first time, there’s this giant, epic thing to the trailer, and when we were doing the film, it felt really intimate.” – Johnny Depp

“The curse is an incredible set of blue balls.” – Gore Verbinski on the film’s titular curse

“The film itself brings back kind of an old Hollywood feel. As you said before, there’s something in it for everyone as films used to be.” – Johnny Depp

“Jack’s breath is just a donkey’s ass.” – Verbinski

Final Thoughts

Even though much is learned from this commentary, much of it comes of as fluff between Verbinski and Depp. A lot of this fluff for their production and the cast and crew comes without much insight. At certain times, they throw out names and call them geniuses with little back story into who they’re actually talking about. Also, occurrences on set are brushed on but never explained. “Remember when my wig came off?” cracks Depp at one point. That’s it. No more explanation on something that you would think would have been a daily occurrence on this particular set. The two also hint at a fight on set between Verbinski and the special effects team during the deserted island scene. Again, no back story or discourse is given on the subject.

Still, the love for the project and the admiration the two have for each other comes through. Like I said. Fluff. There’s a decent amount of insight thrown in to make the commentary worthwhile, but you can’t help but wonder if there’s a more in-depth commentary track that could have been recorded. Maybe Davenport does have something to say.

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