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Ahoy, Matey! Remembering Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Plus Anticipating ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Once upon a time, there was a girl who scoffed at something called Pirates of the Caribbean. She saw the teaser trailers and thought, “Nope. That’s not my kind of flick.” Then she read more about the film. Then she saw more trailers. And then, finally, the blockbuster promotion did its job. She was persuaded.

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Some ten years later, that teenager has grown up. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is this fact: flaws and all, I’m still a fangirl of the film franchise that launched, in its own way, an icon.

“You are without a doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.” – James Norrington

“But you have heard of me.” – Jack Sparrow

Looking back, I cannot believe it’s been over ten years since Disney introduced us to a man named Captain Jack Sparrow (and make sure you get this distinction right – Jack is a Captain!). With the portrayal of this character in the hands of Johnny Depp, the swashbuckling film made for itself a niche that audiences loved. Add in the romantic trials of young and impoverished Will Turner (played by Orlando Bloom) and the Governor’s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (played by Keira Knightley), and you have a rollicking good time in the tradition of the classics like Captain Blood.

In anticipation of Jack Sparrow and Co. returning to the box office this month, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and take a little sneak peek at what’s to ahead. First I highlight memorable things from the franchise and then look at some of the things we’re anticipating from the fifth installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Remembering Pirates of the Caribbean – A List

#1: The Characters: Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean

The entire crew of this series is memorable for multiple reasons, but Jack is a primary without question. Whether he’s drunk on the beach (drinking all the rum), romancing Elizabeth, or trying to outwit his opponents, he’s always entertaining.

#2: The Bromance: Jack and Will

Is there a more noble cinematic cause than a hero coming to the aid of his lady love? When Elizabeth is kidnapped and no one will act (at least not to Will’s satisfaction), he turns to the drunken and notorious pirate Jack Sparrow, thus proving the depth of his love and setting into motion, the origins of a beautiful friendship. Sort of.

#3: Elizabeth Swann

Pirates of the Caribbean

As the “female lead,” I’ve always liked Elizabeth. She’s kick-butt fierce and unafraid to speak her mind.

#4: The Escape Artist

Whether he’s escaping a cargo hold while in chains or a grand palace in the King’s presence (during which time he even pauses to enjoy the food!), Captain Jack’s propensity to pull elaborate escapes are hilarious.

#5: The Humor

Between the wit and Jack’s hilarious responses, these scripts are forever memorable. One such example being when Angelica (played by Penelope Cruz) impersonates Jack in On Stranger Tides. When he catches up to her, he tells her:

“You’ve stolen me. And I’ve come to take meself back.”

#6: Swashbuckler Appeal

The appeal of the “old-fashioned” swashbuckler seems to be lost on the movie industry. Disney made it cool again with its sword fights and epic storytelling.

#7: The Wedding

Pirates of the Caribbean

Through everything (kidnapping, separation, danger, anger), Will and Elizabeth remain steadfast in their love for one another. While their love story doesn’t earn its typical happy ending (much to my dismay), one of the series’ most unique moments happens in At World’s End when they marry.

3 Things to Anticipate in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

#1: Captain Jack Sparrow

Have I mentioned this character? Yes? Well, ‘tis true! His return is primary. (Plus, we are going to meet teenage Jack. That should be an adventure!)

#2: Will and Elizabeth Turner

Rumor has it the couple many say is the “heart” of this series is to make a return to this film. Sadly, I suspect their screen time won’t be near what it should. A return to “basic” storytelling with Jack, Will and Elizabeth on an adventure can’t be a bad thing.

#3: The Pearl

I mean, duh! Jack’s ship, The Black Pearl is as much of an icon as Jack himself.

What about you? Do you have any fond memories of this series? What are some of YOUR favorite moments? Sound off below! I’d love to chat with you about them.

Photos: Disney

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By on May 9th, 2017

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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4 thoughts on “Ahoy, Matey! Remembering Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Plus Anticipating ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’”

  1. Excellent article! Thank you for the trip down memory lane 🙂
    My favourite scenes have got to be the sword fights: The duel between Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner is so much fun! And just when one thinks that they can’t top that, they add in Jack Norrington to the mix to make it a three-way fight … all done on moving objects no less!

    • Thank you for reading, Yaroslavna. This is one of my favorite film franchises, so revisiting it is always a fun trip indeed. 🙂

      The sword fights are the best! I love that first duel between Jack and Will. Aren’t they hilarious?? Norrington does add an interesting dynamic. In fact, this is one of the few love triangles (whether in book or film) that I don’t mind in the least. 🙂

  2. Love this article! I was much like you when the movie came out. I scoffed at the very idea of such a movie and thought it sounded ridiculous, lol. Then my parents rented it one day. I ended up watching the film like three times! I’m actually excited about the new film, perhaps since there’s a feeling that we’re returning to the original. I hope Keira is in it (we’ve already seen Will in the trailer), because that would be wonderful. 😀

    • Hi, Faith! Thanks so much. I’m glad I wasn’t the ONLY one to have reservations about the original. 😀 Glad we both got over that; like you, I LOVE this series now. Sure there are bumps and bruises along the way, but overall, these are some of the “best” films out there because they return to the kin of “old fashion” swashbuckler we never see anymore.

      I hear Keria IS returning. But time will tell. 🙂


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