Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Just Give Him the Oscar Now

Johnny Depp is just incredible in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The rest of the movie is surprisingly entertaining, especially if you like the ride at various Disney venues, but Depp is the show. His body language and facial expressions are not what one expects from a pirate -- or from a pirate character in a pirate movie -- and that's what makes his thoroughly thought-through and consistent performance so incredible.

The closest comparison I can come up with for understatement is Bill Murray as Bunny Breckinridge in Ed Wood, in which Depp, as the title character, was completely over-the-top. His performance in Pirates of the Caribbean is just the opposite: Low key to the point that it's hard to believe the character gives a shit about anything.

Well, anything except being called "Captain."