Sunday, July 16, 2006

Pirate thoughts - part 2

You know, it's almost amusing how often the realists get lumped in the bad-guy camp by Hollywood. Except for its ruthlessness and greed (lenses Hollywood never fails to use for corporate entities both past and present), the trading company basically made sense: "Jack Sparrow is a dying breed." Then later, Mr. Gibbs says that the trading company is "bad, very bad for every man jack what calls himself a pirate."

Duh!

I sometimes get weary of rooting for the ones who were really the most despicable people in real life? Even if the movie portrays them as lovable, funny and free, we always end up winking at they're consistent lack of conscience, unbounded lust, and pervasive self-interest.

Having said that, I'll probably be there to watch the third one when it comes out.

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Blogger Gloria said...

I will be there to watch the third one.

9:36 PM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I can't wait !

Why can't you just enjoy the movie and not think about who the people are or what they do in real life?

8:16 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Mark R said...

thanks for the question. I'm responding to it in the next post!

9:46 PM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I simply love that comment by the other anonymous!

Why can't we just sit back and enjoy the movie without bothering to think about who the people are or what they do in real life?

Well, it's really very simple. In few words, you become what you watch! If you sit and enjoy mass death, lax morals, and many other unenjoyable features of some films, guess what--there is a good chance that when it comes to the time where something horrible is happening, you won't be affected; when there comes a time that morals are being assaulted, you won't notice, but instead might tacitly approve!
After all, "it's just like the film, and I sat and watched the film; why not sit and watch again?"

The things we see and hear affect us very profoundly...

I can hardly think of a better quote than this most famous one by Alexander Pope:
Vice is a monster of so frightful mein,
That to be hated needs but be seen;
Yet seen to oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Apologies for length of writing.. oh, and btw--I have not myself seen the film and have doubts that I will see it myself; personally I did however gather enough from the first film to make the successive ones not worth watching. If they are anywhere near the first, then there is not much of a well defined plot or background, poorly dressed characters in some places, and some rather dreadful ideas insinuated by words.

Too bad there's not a 'Christian' filter on the TV controller! :-)

Sincerely,
Anonymouse

8:34 AM, July 20, 2006  

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