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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
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On Stranger Tides

(left to right) My brother Brian and his wife Tiffany. Me, my sister Katie and my brother Steven

Two weekends ago I went with my family to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in IMAX. We all (well, most of us, 😉 ) dressed up as pirates for the occasion. Yes, we dressed up, and had a blast doing it. 🙂 I think half the fun were the reactions as we stepped out of the car, walked through the parking lot and into the theater. Apparently someone took a picture of us on their phone… A few people stuck their heads out their car windows and gave us resounding Arrrgs! Yep. The theater employees got a kick out of it too.

It was hard to say what I thought about it right after seeing it. It was defiantly darker than any of the other Pirate movies. All around, seeing it in 3D and IMAX was an experience. I laughed allot, bit my nails, glared at the bad guy and occasionally rolled my eyes. The story was a great adventure and the plot was easy to follow, the old characters were strong and the new characters defiantly added a new flavor to the movie.

My younger brother and me ready for Pirates!

I liked how this movie was pretty much all about Captain Jack Sparrow. Though he is a pirate, he’s one of my favorite film characters just because he is so funny and cleaver. How he’s always chasing after the Black Pearl reminds me of Scrat from Ice Age chasing after the acorn. Their trying to reach for something while getting tossed and banged around, but they can never quite get their hands on it. For Jack’s characters, I really liked this fourth movie. You actually see that Jack does have a heart and he is capable of caring for someone more then he cares for himself. When Jack finds out that the price for gaining immortality through the Fountain of Youth is the death of another, he decides he does want to find the Fountain after all. He risks his own life for another on more than one occasion. This film also had all the epic and nearly impossible Jack escapes and daring plans you could ask for, plus allot of his “improvising”. 🙂

As far as new characters go, we have Blackbeard, his daughter Angelica, “the preacher” Philip and a mermaid Syrena.
Blackbeard is just plain evil and quite obviously involved in voodoo. He has zombie guards that apparently he made into zombies. Uh, okay…. Frankly, all the extra magic/voodoo stuff with Blackbeard was a little much. I didn’t like it. Though Blackbeard was a good villain, easy to hate and just as easy to fear, the added magic made my ranking for the movie drop.

Angelica is, interesting. Her character’s relations to Jack made for an interesting and at times funny plot twist to the story, but there is quite a bit of suggestiveness between them throughout the film. Over all, she felt a bit shallow. Her mission in the movie is to save her father’s (Blackbeard) life, why? Because she’s never had a father and she really wants one. Now, this is all well and good, but the fact even when she sees just how evil and heartless Blackbeard is, she still wants to save him. I can understand this to an extent, after all, he is her father, but even when he (spoilers) has the option of saving her life, or saving his own and he chooses to save his own, she still wants him to live (end spoiler). It’s obvious that she is lying to herself about her father. Wake up girl!

As for Philip… his character is made out to be a Christian. He carries a Bible, quotes it, wears a cross around his neck and challenges Blackbeard’s evil with the Christian faith. (Angelica insisted they let him live because she figured he could help save her father’s soul.) I like how they made is character out to be a good guy, allot of Hollywood films don’t do this with “Christian” characters. He is a gentleman and not a pirate. As the story goes on he falls in love with Syrena, a mermaid the pirates of captured. This is when his character starts to go downhill. In a way, his faith switches from God to Syrena. In the end he tells her that he was lost and she saved him. Hmm, so much for having a “Christian” character.

Zombies and mermaids seem a rather odd combination of monsters for a pirate’s movie, but there they were. I have mixed feelings about the mermaids, I liked how they were accurate, scary, sailor killing mermaids. (With the exception of Syrena…) I thought they were a little weird, and maybe a little over the top, but I think I’d have to see it again to really decide. Zombies, they were random and I don’t like them. End of story.

Over all I loved all the Captain Jack Sparrowness, the rest, well…still trying to decide, but it was a good adventure all the same and I enjoyed the experience.

I would give this film a 3 out of 5 star rating.

Captain Jack Sparrow

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  1. Good Job you summed it all up really well 🙂


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