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This is Jacob from the Wisecrack channel,
and welcome to Film Legends. Where the most renowned films of our age battle to be crowned
the greatest of all time. We’ll be analyzing and awarding points
for every single thing a movie does right. Many will compete, but in the end
only the strongest will have what it takes to become: Film Legends. Today’s challenger:
Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl. # A pirate’s life for me. # The song is one of the many nods to the Pirates ride
at Disneyland, which inspired the film. Amusement park attractions don’t always adapt well, but Pirates gets it right; using ride references to effectively further the plot, or provide fun atmosphere. Here the song establishes
young Elizabeth’s fascination with pirates. Not since the One Ring has an object so small,
been responsible for so much story movement. The medallion is orphan Will Turner’s
only connection to his past. Attaching plot-critical doodads to orphans
is a useful storytelling device, as it lends instant significance to the item
and helps explain its presence in the film. Period-correct details
lend authenticity to the film: The flag is based on the Jolly Roger
of Calico Jack, a pirate who operated
in the early 18th century. Elizabeth’s corset symbolizes
the constraints of her upper-class life: ELIZABETH:
I can’t breathe! FABRIC RUSTLING When Jack rips it off,
the message is clear: Elizabeth must cast off
the shackles of privilege, and pirates
will help her do it. The camera angle fools us into thinking
Jack’s on board a mighty ship, but pulling back: we see that he’s
actually limping into town on a lifeboat. This cleverly illustrates the difference
between Jack’s self perception, and the way others see him: You are without a doubt
the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of. But you HAVE heard of me. Jack’s eye make-up is called ‘Kohl’: a cosmetic dating back to Ancient Egypt,
that protects the wearer’s eyes from the sun. It’s still in use today by certain Nomadic people and by Moody Pop Stars. This movie revitalized pirate film
and Johnny Depp is a big reason why. His unique performance
provides a fresh take on a stale genre. Blending the rock-star attitude
of Keith Richards from ‘the Who’, with the self-assuredness
of Pepe Lepew, both of whom inspired Depp. This works so well, that Keith Richards
was cast as Jack’s father in subsequent films, Pepe Lepew on the other hand,
didn’t make the cut. Jack’s character is an archetype
called ‘the Trickster’: an intelligent and devious troublemaker
who bends the rules to suit himself. Think ‘Loki, the God of Mischief’, or ‘Bart Simpson’. I have seen a ship with black sails.
– Oh? ‘Pirates uses comedic characters
to deliver exposition so we don’t notice
that we’re getting a big information dump, The pirate counterparts,
serve the same function.’ RAGETTI:
I’m telling the story! NORRINGTON:
…Sparrow, isn’t it? Both Jack and Elizabeth
take their last names from birds: Jack’s evokes freedom,
while Elizabeth’s denotes her status – ELIZABETH:
It’s Miss Swan! – as a fancy-pants. According to Charles Grey’s
‘Pirates of the Eastern Seas’ : captured pirates were at one point
branded with the letter P on their foreheads. Nothing like a good old catchphrase to up a character’s swagger. JACK:
You seem somewhat familiar,
have I threatened you before? I make a point of avoiding
familiarity with pirates. ‘Balancing the wacky energy of Jack Sparrow
with a more conventional character, prevents the movie from going off the rails. Orlando Bloom plays it straight,
as a classic Errol Flynn style hero.’ JACK:
You’re not a Eunuch are you? Several of Depp’s lines,
including the recurring eunuch jokes, were improvised by the actor. – Savvy? Bring me that horizon. Smart move by director Gore Verbinski
to let him run with it. Slip-ups happen in filming, but the idea that squeaky-clean Will,
has a tattoo, cuts against his character. Especially since he’s an Elvish: Go back to Middle-Earth! WILL:
I cannot just step aside and let you escape. Morality is a major theme of the film: While Will’s honor demands
that he risk his life to prevent Jack’s escape, Jack’s reluctance to kill Will,
shows that he too has a code. JACK:
This shot is not meant for you. But Jack’s ambiguous moral system
keeps us guessing: On one hand:
he risks his own neck to save Elizabeth, on the other:
he’ll swap Will’s life, just to get his boat back. What makes you think Barbosa
will give up his ship to you? JACK:
Let’s just say it’s some massive leverage. At the end of the day:
all we know for sure is that he makes his own rules. This distinguishes ‘Pirates’ from the typical Disney films:
that reward moral behaviour and punish deceit. We root for Jack as he cheats
and lies his way through the movie, and celebrate when his deception
and trickery yield success. PRISONER:
I’ve heard stories… She’s been preying on ships and settlements
for near 10 years… ..never leaves any survivors. JACK:
No survivors(!?) Then where do the stories come from I wonder?… Jack may stumble around
like a drunken sailor, but his dialogue establishes
that he’s smarter than he looks. His evil counterpart Barbossa
shares this quality, setting us up for a clash,
– not just of swords – but of wits. BARBOSSA:
I’m disinclined to acquiesce
to your request… ..Means no(!) RAGETTI IN OILY VOICE:
We promise we won’t hurt you. The pairing of fat and skinny characters,
is often used to highlight distinct personalities: here a goofy skinny guy,
and a short-tempered big guy. It’s reverse Bert and Ernie! ELIZABETH:
I invoke the right of parley… ..according to the Code of the Brethren,
set down by the pirates Morgan and Bartholomew, you have to take me to your Captain. More pirate history! Morgan and Bartholomew are likely the pirates:
Henry Morgan and Bartholomew Roberts. Roberts’ code contained rules about:
gambling, desertion, and bedtime, but nothing about parley. However ‘parley’ is a real term in its own right,
from the Middle Ages: based on the French word: ‘to speak’. it refers to meetings of State,
between Kings and their council. A creepy way to introduce
the supernatural element of the film. ELIZABETH:
Captain Barbossa Barbosa’s name is loosely based on
Ottoman privateer: Hayreddin Barbarossa, whose name means: red beard. FOR HISTORICAL ACCURACY! TOKEN UNLOCKED WILL:
This is either madness, or brilliance. JACK:
It’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide. We’ve seen examples of this throughout history:
the blend of genius and lunacy, is part of why Jack resonates with us. It also helps us believe,
he can pull off a feat like: using the Dauntless as a decoy, in order to steal the Interceptor. Mr. Gibbs – who we met in the opening scenes –
reappears as a pirate, seems like his connection to Elizabeth’s childhood
SHOULD be significant, but since we never understand HOW,
it’s just a confusing detail. ELIZABETH:
Mr. Gibbs??? FILM LEGENDS:
My sentiments exactly. Take what you can! -Give nothin’ back! MUGS CLANK What seems to be a synopsis of the pirate philosophy, is actually a nautical phrase: Meaning to pull in the slack of the sail
and not let them slip back. This is Aztec gold… ..one of 882 identical pieces
they delivered in a stone chest to Cortés himself. Barbossa refers to
the destruction of the Aztec Empire, at the hands of Cortés,
in the 16th century: a conquest fueled by lust for gold. As the curse renders the greedy pirates
unable to quench their earthly desires, this historical tie-in
makes a certain poetic sense. GREED ISN’T GOOD! ARR!!! Geoffrey Rush uses the traditional pirate’s: ‘ARR!!!’ An homage to Robert Newton’s portrayal of Long John Silver
in ‘Treasure Island’, before Johnny Depp,
the gold standard in pirate performances. ARR!!! ‘Pirates’ updates the classic
pirate-with-a-parrot trope with a monkey, way funnier. The visual effects team use the actors real eyes
when the pirates go all skeletor, in order to preserve
some essence of their personalities. WILL:
So THIS is your able-bodied crew(!) This scene serves no purpose except to provide an extra goodie for Jack
at the end of the film: Captain Sparrow… ..the Black Pearl is yours. So that’s the reason for all the: FILM LEGENDS:
Another improvised comedic moment. Punished we were, the lot of us… ..disproportionate to our crimes! Barbosa’s logic is based on
the theory of retributive justice, whereby a punishment correlates
to the severity of the crime. It’s basically an eye-for-an-eye, which seems awfully appropriate for a pirate. BARBOSSA:
My bank agent. JACK:
You’re welcome. Not you, we named the monkey: ‘Jack’ Barbosa with the burn,
and the monkey rubbing it in! ELIZABETH:
But we’ve got to save Will! SWAN:
No, don’t haste now! 100 minutes in,
and it feels like we should be wrapping up; but instead we’re going back to the cave,
on yet another rescue mission. This long-windedness is especially problematic,
as we see the same jokes we enjoyed earlier trotted out for unnecessary encores in the final act: I invoke the right to parley.
– Parley? That’s the one, pur-lay!! – Parley??? RAGETTI:
Any of yous so much as thinks the word parley… -Parley? YO-HO-SLOW! PINTEL:
So this is just like what the Greeks done at Troy. A reference to the tactic the Greeks used
to infiltrate Troy, and end the Trojan War. I’m surprised these guys know their history! So what now, Jack Sparrow? Are we to be two immortals,
locked in an epic battle, until Judgment Day
and the trumpets sound? According to the book of Revelation: “seven trumpets will sound a signal…
..apocalyptic events at the end of the world.” I didn’t figure Barbossa to be a religious man,
but I guess being cursed may do that to you. ELIZABETH:
I can’t breathe! In the beginning; Elizabeth’s fainting
showed her dissatisfaction with nobility, now she’s using it to distract Jack’s captors. Likewise; where Will used his sword
earlier to deter Jack, now he’s using it to save his life, Both characters have embraced their inner pirate. You forget your place, Will Turner. WHISPERED:
It’s right here…between you and Jack. Physically yes, but also metaphorically, Will’s morality ends up somewhere between
the good guys of the royal navy, and the unabashed hedonism of Jack. SWAN:
Perhaps on the rare occasion…
..pursuing the right course demands an act of piracy. Piracy itself, can be the right course. The Governor invokes a consequentialist philosophy, where the moral value of an action
is defined by its outcome, in contrast to his earlier view: that a pirate must be punished,
despite any mitigating good deeds. SWAN:
Hang him! Don’t forget to leave the door open for the next film,
with a little love post-credit! All right ‘Pirates’,
let’s see how you did: solid marks all around, but slick storytelling and solid gold performances, deliver a treasure chest full of points for technique. And all those historical references earn you the ancient token of lore. 500.000 points! Now onto the leaderboard: Pirates of the Caribbean sails into fourth place, and Finding Nemo and Captain America walk the plank! But will it hold water against the next challenger? We’ll find out next time:
if it bleeds. For real this time. Is the next Challenger ready? Before you go:
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100 thoughts on “Why PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN may be the BEST MOVIE EVER! | Film Legends

  1. So embarrassed! Keith Richards is, of course, the guitarist for The Rolling Stones. We strive to be mistake-free, but I guess You Can't Always Get What You Want.

  2. Why make a point system? It's bound to upset people and it's not even that objective. You just pull shit from the movie and assign a BS score. Dumb format

  3. Lord of the rings and harry potter should be rated added criticism especially towards harry potter not including book events in the movies…. but if you won't do those how about gladiator

  4. I'm surprised. Normally when I watch these win/sin-esque videos, I have several disagreements with the video, differing opinions and all that. But throughout this entire video, I only found one thing I disagreed with.

    At 7:45, you referred to that scene as pointless as it only added the needless extra with the female pirate. While the extra with her was pointless the entire scene was not, including her dialogue. The scene set up a few events later in the film including Gibbs and the crew abandoning Jack. It was meant to show how the pirates under his command were not truly loyal and were in it for a reward (the ship). This was not only important plot wise, but also helped in supporting the recurring theme of morality in the film, especially concerning the pirates.

  5. That scoring gimmick is about the stupidest thing ever. Why on earth would the scores need to be in the millions when you could do the same job with 500 points or less.

  6. I do disagree with the scene”picking the crew”. Jack & Will sailed the boat to Tortuga by themselves, a pretty big feat considering the size of the ship. They needed the crew for Two distinct reasons, 1. To be the crew of the ship (for basic sailing & fighting, kinda hard to man the cannons & steer the ship) 2. And to be human shields, if another ship would attack (and they do) it takes the bullseye away from Jack & Will, at least for a little while.

  7. Fun fact about Barbossa: in italian you can divide the name in "Barba" and "ossa" , meaning "beard" and "bones" (So it's basicaly "Bonebeard", and it kinda makes sense, considering Barbossa's skeleton-like appearance when he is in the moonlight)

  8. I love Pirates of the Caribbean, the books are amazing and the movies are so good that I don’t even mind the differences between the two.

  9. Many view sanity as intelligence, but people like Vimcent van Gogh, Ludwig von Beethoven and Captain Jack Sparrow prove that sanity is something completely unrelated to intelligence, and many peiple prive this on smaller scale, like me, I am very smart, but also insane

  10. Gibbs is likely reference to the fact that many pirates used to sail for Royal navies before being force into retirement, they sometimes returned to seafaring life as pirates.

  11. You should do Stardust and the Princess Bride. These are two of my favorite movies and I'd love to see how they stack. 🙂

  12. I always thought that Jack's reluctance to shoot will was because 'the shot wasn't meant for him', it was meant for Barbosa, and it's actually ironic, because when he marooned jack, he gave Jack the pistol, in case he wanted to kill himself, but he uses it to kill Barbosa later.

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  14. It's not so surprising that pirates are so knowledgeable. All that time spent at sea? There's only so many daily chores you have to do before all you're left with is staring at the sea so most of them that could read would have a lot of reading time available, making them some of the most educated non-nobles of their era (a lot smarter than actual nobles too, for surviving so long on their profession)

  15. if only he were like this in the latest film he just comes across like the drunken idiot he makes out to be in dead men tell no tales

  16. On the opening scene you can see Gibbs drinking from his rum canteen thingy. That might mean that he was in it for the money or for other reasons back then, but deep inside he was still a pirate, similar to Barbossa in the 4th part of the series. He might have decided to leave his job and resort to drinking his fortune away or something like that. You shouldn't have removed points from that. That scene has some pretty indepth meaning.

  17. I personally like call backs to earlier event in the movie and I find most of the redundant jokes to be funnier the second time they are used. Like the lost eyeball and 'Parley'.

  18. Please stop posting this stupid ass shit. These movies aren’t the best if you are going to keep saying that.

  19. You guys should put the 2 mlp movies in this.
    One from 1986 and the other most recently in October 6th last year.

  20. How many pirates of the carribeans are there now? Jeez. I gave up watching after awhile despite how amazing Johnny Depp is. Didin't want to sit in the movie for that long. Rather watch ten 90 minutes POTC instead.

  21. "the corset symbolizes…" NO no it doesn't. It didn't symbolize a god damn thing. The mustard stain on some guys shirt did not symbolize the innocence of childhood, when will this pretentious bullshit end with literary analysis.

  22. I always thought that the reason Gibbs' was around in her childhood but turned pirate was because historically speaking people would dessert the navy for piracy because piracy was both more fair for everyone involved and more lucrative.

  23. I'm going to have to disagree with your stance on Gibbs being confusing. He represents the moral grey area associated with Pirates of the Caribbean. He started as a respected sailor in the Royal Navy and ended up a pirate, showing us that being a pirate doesn't mean being bad. It also shows us a complex character that values his own personal freedom instead of a solid career.

  24. 6:39 Mr Gibbs, I believe, worked for the East India Trading Company. If EITC was the company Jack deserted when he freed slaves from their ship, as dialogued in a later movie, maybe Mr Gibbs went with him.

  25. In my opinion, I would give this a solid number 4 after Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Godfather and Batman – The Dark Knight.

  26. I love Pirates of the Caribbean, but could you guys please include and add more movies to the film legends series such as The Godfather, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Pulp fiction, Toy Story, and Saving Private Ryan because I can't wait for the greatest films in movie history to be next!

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