My sweet dh took me to see Pirates of the Caribbean this weekend (we certainly weren’t the only ones, LOL). I’ve heard the movie getting gently panned by the critics, so I was prepared for the film to drag and be semi- unenjoyable, but surprise! It was entertaining from beginning to end. The special effects were incredible. Not knowing in advance what the plot was about, I was pleasantly surprised (again) by the movie’s theme: that judgment follows death, and what we do in this life about our immortal souls matters.
MovieMinistry.com has posted a great review which draws out the biblical themes. Ken Ham blogs a bit about seeing the movie, too. Note to parents: the PG-13 rating is well deserved. No swearing that I can remember; there are a few kissing moments between Will and Elizabeth, and three other brief instances of … mild attraction, I suppose you could say. The worst of it is the disgustingly decayed state of Davy Jones and his crew, who are trying to escape death and the judgment that follows it, and their cruelty to captured sailors. The eeeeeeww factor is similar to or maybe even stronger than the first Pirates movie, what I can remember of it.
One thing that I do appreciate about this series of movies, it certainly unglamorizes the pirate’s life. Everyone is dirty and sunburnt by the end of the film, and the biggest heroes are, as in the first film, those who do not make the pirate’s life their preferred mode of living. The more the movies progress, the more lost and empty Captain Jack Sparrow seems, and by the end of the film, I saw his bravado as a thin veneer hiding a painfully purposeless life. We will just have to wait and see how the third movie wraps up all the loose ends.