This is an amazing film.
And how does it work for – oh – let’s say a nearly 7 year old?
I took my nephew tonight – he’s been looking forward to it for… well, since the last film. The film never lost him, often times had him laughing gleefully and thrilling at each turn. After it was all over, I asked him if he liked it, he corrected my adjective by saying he LOVED it. And was so captivated by the film, that although he lost his front top tooth during the movie, he held on to it and didn’t even make mention of it, till the film was over. As he looked at me after the film and smiled that hilarious toothless grin of a child growing up, I could only envy the eyes with which he enjoyed this film.
For him, he could still grow up to be a pirate, to swashbuckle and derring-do. The world is filled with wenches and treasure and amazing creatures. There’s a wonderful scene on a beach in this film, with an astonishing creature washed ashore. Barbossa looks upon the creature and says something to the affect, that the world is getting smaller. To which Jack looks at the creatures lifeless body and says with an unmistakable feeling of regret, “No, the world is still the same, there’s just not as much in it.” Or something close to that.
I love that this film series exists, because as long as Jack Sparrow swigs some rum and navigates with his silly compass and continues to sail the seas – the world has some magic in it – and so do we. This is magic.
You know, it's funny. When the first movie (The Curse Of The Black Pearl) came out, I wasn't too excited. I mean, it's pirates (boring), and it's based off of a ride at Disneyland! How good could it be? But ever since the first movie introduced Jack Sparrow (sorry, CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow) by having him arrive in port on a sinking (nay, SUNK) ship, I've been in love with the Pirates. Even if you have ZERO interest in pirates or ghost ships or what-have-you, I highly recommend seeing these movies. You will NOT regret it. Ahoy!