The Gospel according to Jack Sparrow

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  • Michael De Groote
    July 9, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    @Y Grad / Y Dad | 4:57 p.m. July 9, 2011
    You are, of course correct about Angelica. I gave so much away about the movie that I tried to be a bit opaque about that scene. I didn't want another spoiler -- but, I hope that, perhaps, the article might add a layer of interest that might not be there otherwise.

    @Wally West | 5:44 p.m. July 9, 2011
    Religion mocked? Well, by the characters in the film perhaps somewhat. But the writers of the film (including Depp) obviously have shown more respect for religion than what it normally gets.

    Another point I would have liked to discuss more was how powerful the magic was, yet with all its outward power, most of the characters seemed to think that religion had a latent and more meaningful power behind it.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    July 9, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    re: Y Grad / Y Dad | 4:57 p.m. July 9, 2011

    This was a good movie except for the mermaid angle.

    There were parts where organized religion was mocked. The elements of redemption/salvation were gnostic in nature IMO.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 9, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    I actually enjoyed this one very much, for this very reason. All things that deal with redemption touch a tender spot. This movie dealt with redemption on many levels and with many degrees of success.

    One minor point of disagreement. Angelica DID try to save her father, but it wasn't her failure; it was his. Again, a different slice of the redemption pie.

    There would have been much to ponder and discuss. Or, you could just say, "Hey, it's just another 'Pirates' movie."

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    July 9, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    Pirates of the Carribian as far as Im concerned has been done to death the best part of the third movie was leaving the theatre and taking the popcorn with me considering I paid 4 times what it really was worth maybe if they would really put soda in the cups instead of filling them with ice. I would actually go see a movie . as long as it has nothing to do with Jack Sparrow and he band of renowned pirates... I wont be seeing this one. been there and done it

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    The growth of religious intolerance (aka, the intolerance of 'ideas' that are not your own) is to blame.

    I hear people using this horrible logic more and more every day and it is the one thing that offends me and that I fear most, which is- 'you are wrong because you disagree with me'.

    1) Since when was that a valid argument?

    2) Such a mentality is unwilling to listen and promotes anarchy. No society can live in peace unless they accept the freedom of conscience. D&C provided such a perfect warning so long before today- because it is true.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    July 9, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    Boys Town and Father Flanagan - "He ain't heavy, he's my brother!"

  • Me an Der Lees Summit, MO
    July 9, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    The Gordian knot with which the film industry struggles is not what they think it is.
    The real hilarity of this situation lies with the notion that one can convey something of which he knows nothing.
    They are so used to trying to influence society to see things their own way
    that they have overlooked the real circumstance of their plight.

    Words do not transmit meaning. Films do not transmit meaning.
    They only arouse the meanings, emotions or feelings that are already within the readers or viewers.
    There is nothing the "faithless" film makers can do to convey "faith" or other spiritual matters to those who "have" had such experience. Only the spirit can convey such experience.

    If the film makers have not had experience with the matters of the spirit
    there is nothing they can even imagine (or conjure up) to attempt to convey
    that of which they are ignorant. But, they can continue to encourage those who have NOT had such experience
    to wonder around wondering about those things they don't know.