Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favourite films. I would quite happily sit down any day of the week (preferably with a bag of popcorn) and watch Captain Jack manage to outsmart everyone by acting like an idiot. However, it was only when I was watching it last weekend that I realized that there might be some truth behind the plot.
Despite the scenes which are quite blatantly false, *cough* zombie skeleton pirates *cough*, there are some facts about pirate beliefs which are true. An example is the ‘Kraken’- the giant octopus/squid which is in the second film. This creature dates back to around 1752 and there is evidence that similar creatures still exist in the sea today. Furthermore, the goddess ‘Calypso’ who features in films two and three is a further truth in the plot as although her story has been distorted, the fact that she is goddess of the sea remains the same.
On the other hand, there are many things which are not pirate beliefs, for instance, the ‘black spot’ which appears on Jack Sparrow’s hand in the ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ as this was originally created by the author Robert Louis Stevenson in ‘Treasure Island’. Additionally, the idea of an organized pirate government (the ‘Brethren of the Coast’) and the ‘Pirate Code’ are also false.
Ultimately, it is nice to know that I am doing something productive (i.e. educational) while ‘vegging out’ on the sofa and I now have the perfect excuse to watch it all the time. Savvy?