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16 February 2008 @ 11:51 pm
Pirates of Caribbean Trilogy  
So I watched the first PotC movie in theaters, liked enough to buy it when it came out. Watched the second in the theaters and was one of the few I knew of who liked it as much as the first. However, by the time it came out on DVD, I was a tad low on funds and so couldn't buy it. And by the time that the third movie came out in theaters and went to DVD, I was REALLY low on funds and so didn't even see it.

Flashforward to getting my income tax last week (woohoo!), I treated myself by buying the second and third movie (even though I hadn't seen the third, I figured I'd like it). I was wrong ... I LOVED IT!! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! Yes, it was convoluted, yes, it was long, yes, it stretched incredulity in quite a ridiculous fashion, but ... I adored it. I loved all of the callbacks, I loved how they actually dealt with and resolved all situations that we're brought up in the first two movies. I loved how in the end those two naval guards first seen near the beginning of PotC1 (guarding the Dauntless and Interceptor) were with the pirate crew at the end.

I LOVED how Will's character went from being the noble, upstanding naive boy to the backstabbing, two-timing, pirate-y scoundrel all in the name of keeping his promise, back to a noble, upstanding, seasoned man. And from the moment Will and Elizabeth ridiculously, gloriously got married amidst the stormy battle, I was fully into them at last. And then Davy Jones stabbed him, and I knew that the stupid "touch of destiny" thing from Calypso did actually mean what I had oh so hoped it would not ... he was meant to be the captain of the Flying Dutchman. I teared up then, and by the time Will was getting his boot from Elizabeth on their beach, I was crying. And when he laid the chest on the rock and told her that she'd always had his heart, the tears were streaming. Heck, even as I type this, I'm tearing up again.

I am a huge Orlando Bloom fan, so it's not surprising that I adored him in this. I, however, am not a Johnny Depp fan -- I like him, but don't love him, and I most decidedly am NOT a Keira Knightley fan, but this is my favorite Depp role, and the only time I've pretty much liked Knightley in a role from moment one. Oh, who am I kidding? by the time Elizabeth gave the rousing speech to the crew of the Black Pearl, I loved her.

What I loved most though was Elizabeth and Will, and I never would have thought after the first movie. They were the bland, boring hero/heroine with the perfect, untested love story. By the end, I felt the creators had succeeded in convincing me that they had a love story for the ages. While I do think that Keira Knightley had more chemistry with Jack Davenport (Norrington) and Johnny Depp, I was won over by the connection that portraying these characters obviously created between Bloom and Knightley. And so I positively, absolutely adored the tragic, yet beautiful resolution of the Will/Elizabeth romance. The final scene with them on the beach was exquisite and had my heart melting and breaking at the same time.

*Sigh* Just LOVE!
marikenobimarikenobi on February 17th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh I loved it as well. I loved how Will's character cycle went, as well as with Elizabeth. I thought their ending was perfect... now did you watch the tag after the credits? not mentioning anything just in case you haven't.

Arabian: Will & Elizabetharabian on February 17th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Ack, no I didn't, but I think I know what you may be referring to as I read something about "their boy." I just figured that was in the extras. Okay, must go watch after the end credits now.


ETA: Okay, yeah so that was it ... annnnnnnnnnnd it just made me tear up again.

Edited at 2008-02-17 02:20 pm (UTC)
marikenobimarikenobi on February 17th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I know... so perfect
Juliafairnymph on February 18th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
YAY! Yes, it's a fabulous trilogy. :)
Arabianarabian on March 24th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Yes, it is. I love it so.
damalur on May 8th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
I LOVED how Will's character went from being the noble, upstanding naive boy to the backstabbing, two-timing, pirate-y scoundrel all in the name of keeping his promise, back to a noble, upstanding, seasoned man.

YES. So much YES.

After the first movie I was pretty much ship-neutral, but when I walked out of the second movie I knew two things: 1) Norrington was, hands-down, my favorite character, and 2) Will/Elizabeth was my favorite ship. It isn't until well into the second movie that I think Will shows he's got the stuff to win and keep Elizabeth's heart.

The scene in the third movie that kills me every time is when the Dutchman comes back up and Will's all pirate captain-y and he's got the bandana and the coat and just GUH. Guh, I say!
Arabian: Will & Elizabetharabian on May 8th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
I loved Norrington, yes, but he was my third favorite. Jack -- I may not be a Depp fan, but I DID love Jack, Will and then Norrington. But Will and Elizabeth really captured me when watching it all in a row. Just beautiful. I'm unreasonably annoyed by all of the Jack/Elizabeth fic/vids out there, also, LOL!

Uh, that scene, just -- man, the whole last twenty minutes or so of the third film was just made of so much win!!!