Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) (GUEST: EricMcEver Writer + Director of Paleonaut) (79 - Sequelcast 2)
Hosts Mat Bradley-Tschirgi, William Thrasher, and special guest Eric McEver (writer and director of Paleonaut) discuss Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. They talk to Eric about how his love of Godzilla movies led him to Japan, how hard Godzilla films are to collect, and his early short film The Early Years of Captain Jack Sparrow.
One of a gaggle of Disney films based on their theme park attractions (The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion), this one was so successful is spawned a pirate's bounty worth of sequels. Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) is in love with blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). However, she's engaged to James Norrington (Jack Davenport). Her stolen skull emblazoned medallion has hidden powers that intrigue both scalawag pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and haughty ghost pirate Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Many sword fights and drunken arguments ensue.
Far better than any game based on a ride should be, this first Pirates of the Caribbean film combines derring-do with light horror elements in a family friendly package. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio's screenplay is full of one too many characters, but when the cast is so game who cares?
The trio get off on a tangent about the Star Wars Ewoks movies and Seth Green's stillborn Star Wars Detours series.
Eric enjoys the Heisei version of Godzilla vs. Mothra. Thrasher gave the quirky Pottersville a watch. Mat read the Peter Jackson biography Anything You Can Imagine : Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle Earth by Ian Nathan.
The next few movie series we'll be covering are:
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
- The Fugitive (1993)
- U.S. Marshals (1998)