This first film based on Disney’s theme park ride sees Johnny Depp donning the eyeliner and ripe English accent as buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow.

He’s out to get Geoffrey Rush, his former first mate who deserted him after they stole Aztec gold – but Rush and his men are doomed to sail the seas as dead men, turning into skeletons in the moonlight.

Depp and Rush triumphantly turn overacting into an art, while Orlando Bloom is dashing as Depp’s sidekick and Keira Knightley feisty as governor Jonathan Pryce’s daughter.Also making their mark are Jack Davenport, Mackenzie Crook and Kevin McNally.

As salty as a sea breeze and as silly as they come, this is everything a comedy blockbuster should be – and Depp’s a sensation.