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Monday, July 10, 2006


A Pirate's Life For Me

I took my son to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest movie today. We loved it. Absolutely loved every minute of it. I had read a few reviews that said the movie was disappointing and confusing. Well, I'm not sure what film they were watching, because even my 8-year-old son was able to follow along with the many characters and plot points. It probably helped that we watched the first Pirates last night on DVD, so names and faces were still fresh in our minds.

The action was non-stop, the creatures were original and terrifying (awesome nightmare material for the preschool crowd), and the acting was perfect. Exactly what you want in a summer popcorn movie. No wonder the movie has broken all records for box-office performance in its first weekend of release.

We really liked these guys, Mackenzie Crook (remember him from The Office?) and Lee Arenberg (do you know which episode of Seinfeld he was in?). They were kind of like the Laurel and Hardy of the pirate world. Or, as my son would say, they were the C-3PO and R2-D2 of the Caribbean.

My son talked all the way home about pirates, treasure, sailing ships, and the sea in general. Watching movies like this fuels his imagination, and it also creates a hunger for history. He was full of questions for me about what life was really like back in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The movie left me with a hankering for pirate music, so we picked out some favorites for you and your kids to give a listen...

Here are our Top Ten Pirate Songs (in no particular order):

James Horner - "Pirates!" from The Pagemaster
Pirates of the Caribbean - "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)" from the Disneyland ride
The Muppets - "Shiver Me Timbers" from Muppets Treasure Island
Captain Tractor - "Drunken Sailor"
John Debney - "Setting Sail" from Cutthroat Island
King's Singers - "The Pirate King"
The Wiggles - "Bing Bang Bong (That's A Pirate Song)"
Relient K - "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything"
The Chieftains - "Treasure Cave" from Treasure Island
Kevin Kline - "Oh, Better Far To Live And Die" from The Pirates of Penzance


Blogger Hannelie said...

So glad you have enjoyed it.
I should've done the same and watch the 1st before going for the 2nd.
We are off to see 'Kenny' tomorrow, got some tickets for free so me and hubby will go alone and feel young and in love again.
It's about a plumber and I hope it's good and not trash, saw the preview and it looked funny! Will let you know what I thought.

4:51 AM  
Blogger MommaSteph said...

I can't wait to see it! I'll probably have to wait for the DVD as the kids are too young.

I wish Kieth Richards had agreed to appear (he didn't, right?).

5:59 AM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

Sigh, I'm going to have to wait until Seth is a bit older.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Also LOVED the movie, after viewing the 1st one for the up-teenth time the weekend before. I could have done without the crows and the prisoners in the beginning of the movie though.
By the way, I beleive they were trying to get Keith Richards for the 3rd movie.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Yeah, the crows plucking out eyes was a bit much right at the start. Also, I could always do without any implied beheadings.

Last I heard, Keith Richards HAD agreed to do the third movie. He and Johnny Depp are friends going back to the mid-90's.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Cord said...

My top pirate song would have to be Captain Kidd by Great Big Sea, but "Captain Bogg and Salty" do a nice album called "Bedtime Stories for Pirates" that kids would like. Heck, I liked it.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Borja said...

i'm from spain and "dead man's chest" will be on teathers next friday, i've got tickets and i loved the first one (i've seen about 20 times) and i hope the second one will be so good as the first one or even better (but that's hard)
saludos desde españa

4:47 AM  

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