A Movie Ranking: Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is a distinct actress who I happen to know thanks to her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. I would love for her to one day maybe play a villainess in a Marvel movie or to return to the Star Wars franchise as a cool new character. But whatever the case, for this week’s A Movie Ranking I thought it would be fun to highlight her. Enjoy!

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, and Brenton Thwaites in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

This movie is terrible. I tried to watch it for a third time sometime last year and I couldn’t make it an hour into the film. Keira Knightley plays a cameo role in the film at the movie’s end in a touching reunion between her and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and while that was nice it’s a shame this film couldn’t be better.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

While it is particularly very cool to see Elizabeth Swaan become the Pirate King in this film the movie is bogged down by an overly long runtime with a final battle that is far less spectacular than it should’ve been.

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

This is a genuinely good film, leaving one rather satisfied throughout its entirety. It began what is the multi-billion-dollar grossing Pirates of the Caribbean franchise because the story, characters, and lore of piracy were brought to life in such a fun and adventurous way. It’s a shame this franchise wasn’t able to keep up the good moviemaking but hey…maybe there will be a reboot one day.

And who doesn’t love Keira Knightley saying, “I will not acquiesce to your request.” (I love that quote.)

She taught me what “acquiesce” means. Lol.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

While the first Pirates film is clearly the better story this movie makes me happier. The action and zany storytelling is at an all-time high for the franchise, delivering a rapid and very packed adventure that only gets more and more fun as the movie goes on. I mean, Will Turner fighting Norrington on a giant rolling wheel? I love it!

1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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You may be wondering, where was Keira Knightley in The Phantom Menace? Well, it just so happens, she was in several scenes throughout the film as Sabe, Padme Amidala’s decoy as Queen Amidala. When I found out several years ago I couldn’t believe it. It was a very cool discovery.

So, there’s my movie ranking. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

4 thoughts on “A Movie Ranking: Keira Knightley”

  1. I knew Keira was in Ep1. The question I’d ask is, does Ep1 really belong at the top of this list? I think I’d at least put “Curse of the Black Pearl” ahead of it. I’m willing to concede that none of the other PotCs were better than Phantom Menace, but I think that one was.

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    1. Well, technically, Curse of the Black Pearl is the best film on this list…HOWEVER, The Phantom Menace is Star Wars with Star Wars characters and Star Wars action scenes and Star Wars music and for those reasons, as a diehard Star Wars fan, I can never concede to admit a Pirates of the Caribbean film is better than a Star Wars film…well, except for maybe the case of Attack of the Clones (and The Rise of Skywalker.) Lol.

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      1. Eh. At some point, it’s fair to say that the cultural impact of even the weakest Star Wars movies is vastly greater than any of the PotCs, regardless of whether individual movies were as good. If I had to compare Black Pearl to the eleven live action Star Wars films, I probably put it ahead of… 2, 8, 9, and Solo. I’d have to think about 7… it’s good enough in its own right that it might be better, but with all the lost opportunities in the follow through it’s hard to go back to it and not be a little sad at how it came out.

        1… I dunno. On a good day I’d say the Maul vs Jedi saber fight and the pod race redeems it, and the beginnings of Palpatine’s intrigue and the super sneaky musical hints to it are kinda understatedly brilliant. But the movie itself can be a little dull. I have tried showing it to my son, figuring he’d appreciate Jar Jar like he did the Ewoks. (We’re through the original trilogy and I’m now starting him on the prequels.) It’s possible that I just need to catch him on the right day with some of these, but he was literally bored to the point of rolling around on the couch wanting to watch something else before we even got to the pod race. I managed to talk him into letting me fast forward to the race itself, and he did like it… but he wanted to stop afterwards, and hasn’t asked to finish it since. So… it didn’t pass the “6yo boy” test in my house.

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