Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
The Curse of the Black Pearl

Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer(s): Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Stuart Beattie
Jay Wolpert
Rating: 5

- my daily segment for my Pirate Week challenge
September 13-19, 2009
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Description from imdb:
Pirates of the Caribbean is a sweeping action-adventure story set in an era when villainous pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas. This roller coaster tale teams a young man, Will Turner, with an unlikely ally in rogue pirate Jack Sparrow. Together, they must battle a band of the world's most treacherous pirates, led by the cursed Captain Barbossa, in order to save Elizabeth, the love of Will's life, as well as recover the lost treasure that Jack seeks.

Against improbable odds, they race towards a climactic confrontation on the mysterious Isla de Muerta. Clashing their swords in fierce mortal combat, Will and Jack attempt to recapture The Black Pearl ship, save the British navy, and relinquish a fortune in forbidden treasure thereby lifting the curse of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Tagline: Prepare to be blown out of the water.


-- The figurehead (a sculpted ornament on the bow of ancient vessels) of the ship carrying Elizabeth and Governor Swann at the beginning of the movie is actually the coat of arms of the United Kingdom and it is the figurehead of an actual ship of the line, the HMS Victory, which participated in the Trafalgar Battle against combined french and Spanish navies under the command of Lord Horatio Nelson in 1805. HMS Victory is now preserved at Portsmouth, England, as a museum and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. She still has a captain and crew. The crest holds the French motto of the British monarchs "Dieu et mon droit" (God and my right) and the Old Latin motto of the Order of the Garter "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (Shame on him who thinks evil of it).

-- The skull and crossed blades flag was the flag of "Calico" Jack Rackham, captain of the Revenge and longtime lover of notorious female pirate Anne Bonny.

-- Stick around after the credits for an additional scene.

Amusing quote:
Too many to pick from, so I've settled for the classic...

Mr. Cotton's Parrot: Dead men tell no tales...

My thoughts:
In-a-word: freedom
Re-watch: 3rd time

Of the trilogy, this is my favorite. This movie is very entertaining! The fact that it is based on a Disneyland ride of the same name already sets the tale as a fun one!

The stereotypical characters for a pirate story are present and provide loads of laughs. Captain Jack Sparrow is by far my favorite pirate. Although he has a reputation of being a baddie, there's more than meets the eye.

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