Johnny Depp has always been one of my favorite actors - all the way back to 21 Jumpstreet and Nightmare on Elm Street. But the man has really been slaying it in the last ten years or so. Beginning with his collaborations with Tim Burton, Depp has a way of embodying a role, making interesting choices, and delivering something another actor simply could not. And that is absolutely the case here. In what could have been a paint-by-the-numbers Disney pirate flick, Depp makes the boldest choice imaginable - play Captain Jack Sparrow like a drugged out rockstar who may or may not have 3 hot underage groupies draping from his arms. Not exactly usual Disney material - and it pays off big time.
The story is fairly engaging, but life blasts on screen every time Jack Sparrow slinks across it. Though I also loved the pirate skeletons. My only question is this: How come when the sun came up, Kiera Knightly's character still looked like a skeleton? Oh wait - she didn't have that curse.
Movie: Soft Serve Ice Cream @ 67th and B'way. Johnny Depp: Paris.