Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The appeal of Pirates
My grandsons have been reminding me that the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is coming out soon. The reminder is unnecessary. I have May 25th circled on my calendar, though I'll probably wait until the following week to go see it, when I can have most of the theater to myself (early afternoon showing).
Obviously, the boys and I have different reasons for wanting to see the movie. They like the action. They want to know what new monsters the characters will have to face. They think the ships are way cool.
I'm almost content just to stare into Captain Jack's eyes.
But as a writer, I'm doing a character study. Yes, this is how I tell myself I'm actually working while drooling over Johnny Depp. I swear, this character has fascinated me from the moment I watched him sail into port in a sinking boat, his posture erect, his expression letting everyone know that he'd planned to arrive at the dock in just this way.
Captain Jack Sparrow is elegant and rough. He possesses several flaws and quirks. He's a Pirate through and through, and yet we see him as a loveable rogue. Obviously, I'm completely hooked and anxious to see how Jack turns out in the end.
What do you think? Can Captain Jack be redeemed? Will he get the girl? Do we want him to?