MovieNews | 15 years on… Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

It’s hard to believe but it’s true. The very first POTC movie, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’, was released on this day fifteen years ago. In celebration, we’re looking back on the swashbuckler flick, considering why it was such a success then and is still regarded as a classic today.

At the time of its release, ‘Curse of the Black Pearl’ wasn’t all smooth sailing (if you’ll pardon the pun). Journalists expected it to be a flop and it’s no wonder why. Attempts at the pirate genre hadn’t brought box office gold for years, and in the top billing you had Johnny Depp who, while a big name, hadn’t even been heard of by the young audiences that the film was geared towards. Fresh off the massively successful ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, having…

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