Hello all of our faithful followers. I'm sorry for our lack of posts lately, but do not fear, they are coming! Now, without further ado, here comes our newest post!
I'd like to start this post by introducing Weatherby Swann, Elizabeth's father. He's the governor of the British colony of Port Royal, Jamaica. Once appointed to this position, he and his daughter, Elizabeth make their way across the Atlanticon the HMS Dauntless. That's where the beginning of the whole film series takes place. Many of the characters are introduced in this scene. Elizabeth and Weatherby are passengers, Lieutenant James Norrington is in command, and Joshamee Gibbs is a sailor. What fun! So yount Elizabeth is standing on the deck looking out into the vast Caribbean sea, singing "I Pirates Life For Me". Then out of no where, Gibbs grabs her from behind. Gibbs: "Quiet, missy. Cursed pirates sail these waters. You don't want to bring them down on us." Wow, could Gibbs have been any more correct? Because as they spoke, Barbossa's cursed crew of the Black Pearl was probably raiding another ship in search for the Aztec gold. And then a younger, and more handsome, James Norrington appears.
James: "Mr. Gibbs, that will do." Gibbs, ironically, is super scared and superstitius of meeting pirates. Gibbs: "She was singing about pirates! It's bad luck to sing about pirates with us mired in this unnatural fog. Mark my words." James seems deeply concerned (can you sense the irony in my writing?). James: "Consider them marked. On your way." Gibbs: "Aye, Lieutenant. It's bad luck to have a woman on board. Even a miniature one." Lol, mini Lizzie. Nobody likes her on board even at a young age. Elizabeth: "I think it'd be rather exciting to meet a pirate." Ha, careful what you wish for! James just smiles down at her. When you think abou tit, their age gap is a bit creepy. He seems about double her age in this scene, but no really so old in the movie.
James: "Think again, Miss Swann. Vile and dissolute creatures, the lot of them." I intend to see to it that any man who sails under a pirate flag or wears a pirate brand gets what he deserves. A short drop and a sudden stop." Oh, the irony here is killing me. Gibbs pretends to hang himself to explain to Elizabeth what James is saying. Poor girl, all she was doing was humming a song and now she's being lectured about hangings. Weatherby, the overprotective father, agrees with me. Weatherby: "Lieutenant Norrington, I appreciate your fervor, but I'm concerned about the effect this subject will have upon my daughter." James: "My apologies, Governor Swann." Then Elizabeth speaks in a super high-pitched voice: "Actually, I find it all fascinating." Who doesn't love a good hanging? It's like all the people in the audience during Gibbs' trial in London in On Stranger Tides. Weatherby: "Yes. That's what concerns me." Ha, just you wait and see, Governor. Everyone starts to disperse but Elizabeth stays near the railing, when she sees an umbrella float through the fog towards the boat. And then a young boy comes, knocked out a little raft. Elizabeth: "Look! There's a boy in the water!" This alarms everyone on board. Norrington: "Man overboard! Man the ropes! Fetch a hook! Haul him aboard!" Little did James know that this man would steal his girl some day.
I assume if he knew that, he would think twice before fishing him out of the water . . . James: "He's still breathing." Gibbs is still looking out into the fog when he sees something else. Gibbs: "Mary, Mother of God!" Everybody looks over to find a ship in complete desolation, its floating debris is on fire. Weatherby: "What happened here?" James: "Most likely the powder magazine. Merchant vessels run heavily armed." Gibbs: "Lots of good it did them. Everyone's thinking it, I'm saying it. Pirates!" Ohhhh, he just said the P-word. Weatherby: "There's no proof of that! It was probably an accident." James: "Rouse the captain immediately. Heave to and take in sail. Launch the boats." Weatherby: "Elizabeth, I want you to accompany the boy. He'll be in your charge. Take care of him." Oh, she'll take care of him alright. Other sailors go in rowboats to find more survivors.
In the meantime, Elizabeth examines the unconcious boy. She starts to creepliy pet his hair when he jolts awake and grabs her hand. Elizabeth: "It's okay. My name's Elizabeth Swann." Boy: "Will." Ohhh, things are starting to unfold! Elizabeth: "I'm watching over you." And Will just falls asleep. Then Elizabeth steals his madallion on a chain around his neck. Pretty important peice of gold right there. Elizabeth: "You're a pirate!" James: "Has he said anything?" Elizabeth: "His name's William Turner. That's all I found out." Actually, he said his name was Will. Don't make assumptions. James: "Take him below." After all the comotion has ended, Elizabeth examines the Aztec gold near the railing again. She looks up just in time to see the Black Pearl sail away into the fog. So that little five minute scene pretty much sets the stage for the whole rest of the movie. Although, we are still missing the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow!