This is a wonderful film if you want pure escapist, fun action entertainment instead of the dour dystopian movies so common lately. It’s puzzling how such a great, entertaining movie could get so much bad press. After reading the negative reviews I had to counter their attacks because Geena Davis, who plays Morgan, ROCKS as the charismatic pirate queen, Morgan--an empowered woman in a man’s world whose quick whit immediately puts the rogues she encounters in their place right from the get-go where, in the opening scene she informs the Lieutenant she just slept with who holds her at gun point threatening to turn her in for government bounty that, “Oh, by the way, that won’t work (showing him the round slugs she emptied from his gun). See, I took your balls.” Then, with a glance at her pet monkey she snaps her fingers, he jumps onto her shoulder, and she’s off galloping along the beach en route to save her father. She’s gorgeous, full of sass, and sooo much more entertaining than the slurring, somewhat effete drunken character of Jack Sparrow. It’s easy to see that a great deal of thought, detail and finance was put into creating a believable, authentic, sumptuous period film set in the 17th century with exquisite period costuming and sets, elegant horse-drawn carriages and authentic-looking pirate ships with all the riggings. In addition, the pacing is great, with non-stop action in pristine Carribean-like settings (although it was actually filmed in Malta and Thailand). I read that Geena Davis did her own stunts, which is astonishing given how demanding they were. Her character is similar to the female action character Laura Croft, but warmer, more playful and with a much more interesting wardrobe! Kudos to Geena Davis and to a thoroughly entertaining film that didn’t get the acclaim it deserved.