Get To Know Me Meme: [2/5] favorite male characters
Captain Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The thing that gets me about Pirates of The Caribbean is that if you think about it, all of the main characters get really shitty endings that do their characters wrong…like:
- Anna Maria disappears off the face of the earth.
- Elizabeth, who dreamed of pirating and adventure, who’s whole character arc was centered around this, who even becomes Pirate fucking King, ends up literally barefoot and pregnant, waiting wistfully on land for Will to return to her. I mean I can’t say what she does in her life offscreen, but you can’t raise a kid all that easy in a pirating environment, and her last scene was definitely the wrong message to send regardless.
- Will ends up taking on a half-life in Davy Jones’ role as this sort of Sea Grim Reaper figure for a father he never really knew, only to return for Elizabeth on the specific rare times he may.
- Bootstrap Bill, suffering and lonely for years, STAYS ON THE DAVY JONES CREW. I mean, with his son sure, and he’s not turning into a sea creature anymore, but I mean wow.
- Jack loses all of his MASSIVE character development in ONE final scene in the third film and regresses entirely, and I must assume was basically back to square one in the fourth from what little I’ve seen of it.
- Sao Feng…was like built up as this major player, then is like suddenly a rapist for no reason and then he dies and it’s supposed to be sad?
- Tia Dalma/Calypso….gets no conclusion at all basically? and like barely any screen time for how epic she is. SO MUCH MORE could have been done with her character, holy shit.
- Davy Jones dies this depressing death like neither he nor Calypso got any kind of decent conclusion to their story, it’s just depressing.
- Norrington pines for Elizabeth for the whole story, grows progressively more bitter and his life get’s progressively shittier, then he fucking dies to save her.
- Elizabeth’s dad dies sad and alone.
- Barbossa, who was the MOST pirate of all the pirates, who was like so into the pirate life he actively insisted on the cartoonish trappings, becomes a privateer. Like, he sells out. I don’t know how that plays out entirely in the fourth movie, but the fact that it happened at all is is just odd. (not like they’ve really been consistent with his character -or Pintel and Ragetti’s- over the course of the films. They were significantly darker in the first film if you remember. Though personally I prefer all three of their characterizations post-first film, but I digress).
What happened, POTC? You were so good. What happened.
First and foremost, because this is the foundation for a lot of what the rest of my interpretations are based on – I think it can certainly be argued that the whole point the Davy Jones/Tia Dalma-slash-Calypso story was ever introduced to these movies, even back in Dead Man’s Chest, was in order to parallel it to Will/Elizabeth. The parallels were obviously crafted with intricacy – we even spotted them back in Dead Man’s Chest, before any of it became too overt: “a touch of destiny,” the strange chemistry between Tia and Will, and, of course, Tia’s description of a woman who fueled Davy Jones’ entire story – “a woman as changing and harsh and untamable as the sea.” Meanwhile, we watched Elizabeth make the swift transition from discontent damsel to capable pirate – it’s obvious that it’s not just Calypso we’re talking about with that line.
This does, of course, bring juxtaposition into play as well: Davy and Calypso’s love, though strong as ever even in At World’s End, is corrupted by deceit and betrayal; Will and Elizabeth’s is allegedly true, which ensures that Elizabeth won’t take to resurrecting dead pirate captains in her spare time and Will won’t grow a squid on his face. But really, we see Will and Elizabeth struggling with trust issue and deception and betrayal throughout the whole film, and, oddly enough, we haven’t seen any evidence of them being resolved when they marry at the end – only forgotten. Which begs the question, is the difference between the two pairs really so pronounced? Is Will and Elizabeth’s love as ideal as it first seems on the surface?
Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides (2011)
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