A Rollickingly Entertaining Ride

A dilapidated galleon heads into Port Royal, and atop it stands the proudly scurvy Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). As it glides shoreward, the ship is taking on water and has nearly sunk by the time it reaches land--allowing Jack to step lithely, blithely and with Astaire timing from the crow's nest onto the Port Royal dock. This little scene, reminiscent of a visual gag in a Buster Keaton silent comedy, comes at the start of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, cuing audiences to the suspense, grace and fun of the next two hours.

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