"No! Not good! Stop! Not good! What are you doing? You've burned all the food, the shade…the rum!" "Yes, the rum is gone." "Why is the rum gone?" "One: because it is a vile drink that turns even the most respectable men into complete scoundrels. Two: that signal is over a thousand feet high. The entire Royal Navy is out looking for me. Do you really think that there is even the slightest chance that they won't see it?" "But why is the rum gone?"
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Re: Green Flash When He Left as Well - "Someone correctly observed that there were a lot of members of Jones' crew who were suddenly free from their service to the Dutchman. Do you think all of them made the same choice Bootstrap did?"
"Also missing from the final cut: Jones' statement that when he cut out his heart, *he* put a geis on it, that if someone killed his heart, their heart must take its place. It doesn't really effect the experience of the movie, but it is an unfortunate omission."
"There might be some story to be told where Elizabeth manages to make a trip to the land of the dead, with the help of someone, etc., etc., to find Will, etc. But the basic requirement is that Will agrees captain the Flying Dutchmen (in return for what the film reveals) and that he can step on land but once every ten years, and that at any time, if he finds a love that is true (this is part of the original Flying Dutchman opera by the way) then his attachment to the ship is broken"
Also see Ah, that Davy Jones thing - Elizabeth and Will are not strictly "forbidden" from seeing each other during the 10 years.
Top Ten Moments
Up Is Down (AWE) - great, fun sequence, made all the better by Hans Zimmer's bouncy score.
Commandeering the Interceptor (CotBP) - completely captures the spirit of the films. The music is fantastic, and the sequence is delightfully... Disney-ly... piratey. So good it was reworked for AWE.
Hoist the Colours (AWE) - who'd've thought the opening of a Disney film would focus on a young boy about to be hanged? Well, it works, even if it does almost stray dangerously into the realms of a musical. Effectively sets the mood for the film.
Freedom (CotBP) - Jack's speech to Elizabeth about "what the Black Pearl really is". A beautiful sentiment, and Jack's only true desire in the film - freedom.
"What's become of my ship?" (DMC) - Barbossa's back! The reason I left the cinema with a massive grin and all hyped up for 2007. And he finally gets his apple!
Davy Jones plays his organ (DMC) - to be honest, the organ is completely superfluous - or could have been simply symbolized by the locket - but the scene is to me pure, classic cinema. There's something so fun and iconic about Davy playing the organ with his tentacles. Plus amazing work from the combined efforts of Bill Nighy and ILM.
"My heart will always belong to you" (AWE) - lovers' reunion in the brig. Davy Jones' human form was a welcome surprise. The entire scene was beautifully written, directed and acted.
"I don't think now is the best time!" (AWE) - the marriage of Will and Elizabeth. I certainly don't think it's cheesy, but totally brilliant, gloriously over-the-top and the best wedding committed to film.
Davy Jones' introduction (DMC) - "Do you fear death?" A personal favourite that really sets Davy Jones apart as something special. And it's the second best introduction in the series...
Jack's introduction (CotBP) - best introduction for a character ever. Not only is it utterly cool in its own right, it perfectly sets up the character, and makes the end of the trilogy pay off.
The Jack Sparrow Savvy-O-Meter
Jack's various uses of his catchphrase throughout the franchise. Incomplete.
"Now listen here, lassie, I am not a thief. I didn't come here by choice. And I wasn't pickpocketing. Capitan 7-foot-beastie in there stole my sack here, and I was simply reclaiming my property. So if my gratitude is worthless to you, I'll just gather up my things, not say "thank you" for being so inhospitable, and be on my merry way. Savvy?"
"Of course, we have winds. How pleasant and convenient for us. They'll just get caught in the sails and push us on our merry way to Isla Esquelética, or they'll tip this boat over like a child's toy. Savvy?"
"The only rules that really matter are these: What a man can do, and what a man can't do. For instance: You can accept that your father was a pirate and a good man, or you can't. But piracy is in your blood boy, so you'll have to square with that someday. Now, me, for instance, I can let you drown, but I can't bring this ship into Tortuga all by me onesies, savvy? So, can you sail under the command of a pirate, or can you not?"
"You want you to find this. Because the finding of this finds you incapacitorially finding and/or locating in your discovering, a detecting of a way to save your dolly belle, ol' wha's-her-face. Savvy?"
"Ladies! Will you please shut it! Listen to me. Yes, I lied to you. No, I don't love you. Of course it makes you look fat. I've never been to Brussels. It is pronounced "egregious". By the way, no, I've never actually met Pizarro but I love his pies. And all of this pales into utter insignificance in light of the fact that my ship is once again gone. Savvy?"
Although Elizabeth and Will are the heroes of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, it's interesting to note how Jack's story also follows the classic "Hero's Journey" structure defined by Joseph Campbell (for more, see Monomyth on Wikipedia). Here's a brief breakdown of my interpretation of Jack's story in relation to that structure:
The Call to Adventure - Will asks Jack to help him rescue Elizabeth
Refusal of the Call - Jack literally refuses to help, saying there is nothing in it for him. Of course, he ultimately reconsiders when he finds there is benefit for him
Supernatural Aid - Jack learns of the curse through Koelher, and thus realizes he has a chance of reclaiming the Black Pearl. Gibbs could be seen as the wise man who aids Jack find a crew and sail to Isla de Muerta
The Crossing of the First Threshold - capturing a ship to sail to Tortuga, outwitting the guardians of the Interceptor
The Belly of the Whale - arrival at Isla de Muerta, capture by Barbossa
The Road of Trials - Jack walks the plank and is marooned
The Meeting with the Goddess - Jack spends time with Elizabeth on the island, who ultimately rescues him by burning the rum
Woman as Temptress or Temptation from the True Path - Elizabeth could be seen as a temptress luring him from his piratical ways (symbolized by the rum) as she tries to make him do the right thing. Temptation in a wider sense could also be Jack's apparent disloyalty to Will in the face of Barbossa
Atonement with the Father - Jack confronts Barbossa, the figure of authority, and outwits and outduels him, taking on his characteristics (in the sense of becoming undead) to defeat him
Apotheosis - Jack's reality is changed when he becomes undead, and it is here that he shows his true colours as a hero. His ego is deflated somewhat when his "world" is taken from him (his crew leave with the Black Pearl) and he is sentenced for execution.
The Ultimate Boon - Jack gets his revenge against Barbossa. Later, his real ultimate boon is the Black Pearl, now his to command.
Refusal of the Return - Jack fights against his captors at Port Royal, wanting to avoid his fate at the gallows. In a deleted scene, Jack muses on remaining cursed in order to become immortal at Isla de Muerta
The Magic Flight - the return to Port Royal as a captive could be seen as something other than normal, since Jack is usually in command of his own ship during "flights". His escape from the gallows could also be seen as his magic flight
Rescue from Without - Will arrives, as a pirate, to save Jack. The Black Pearl also returns to save him.
The Crossing of the Return Threshold - The pirates are confronted by Norrington and the Royal Navy, but Jack remains calm and bids his farewells
Master of Two Worlds - this could be seen as Jack having crossed into the world of the undead, though it may also be symbolized by the Black Pearl; he now has his old life back through his ship
Freedom to Live - Jack escapes on the Black Pearl and sets off on adventure on the high seas. He has his freedom at last