Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Good Pirates... and Bad Ones.

Our family went to see the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie today, having watched the first one with the girls last night to see if they found it too scary. They LOVED Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow and giggled their way through most of the first movie.

Today, while they loved the second one, they really hated the fact that Elizabeth wrestled with making some wrong choices. Suddenly the heroine wasn’t so perfect. She wasn’t someone they admired as much or were even sure they still liked! I hated being left knowing that I’d have to wait until NEXT summer to see the end of the story, but it wasn’t as bad as walking out of Empire Strikes Back many years ago in total shock!

As we talked about the movie later tonight, I tried to point out that Elizabeth was more real in this movie because no one is all bad or all good. We are all a unique mix of both and a whole lot more.

I am dealing with more piracy issues on line as well, and it got me to thinking about good pirates and bad, about who the heroes really are sometimes, about whether or not ignorance is actually a defense, about how some people who go against the law are glamorized and how being honorable and ethical sometimes seems to put you further behind. It certainly didn’t get Orlando Bloom as far in this movie as in the first...

Perhaps the answer lies in the pirates song... Yo! Ho! Ho! and a bottle of Rum...
it might wash away the salty popcorn taste!

1 comment:

tkdchick said...

I'm glad the girls didn't find Davey Jone's crew scary. I thought they were downright spooky and icky! Sometimes they made me squirm in my seat (but then I'm not a seafood lover either!)