I am in Total Awe

May 26, 2007 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Sometimes, if we’re very lucky, life gifts us with a thing of beauty beyond compare. Something so stunning it becomes an essential part of our being, defining the way we live from that point on.

Today, I have seen such a thing.

At the climax of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End two mythical ships, the Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl, do battle in a whirlpool during a raging storm. At the same time Jack Sparrow duels Davy Jones atop the mast of the Flying Dutchman to decide ownership of the Heart that Controls the Seas, while Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan the Pirate Queen are married by the mad captain Barbossa, all of whom are in the process of fighting off a crew of fishmen that are boarding the ship.

Any of these things on their own would usually make a fitting climax to a movie. That Pirates would do more than one is daring. That it would do all of them is glorious.

I can honestly say I can’t think I’ve ever seen anything so stunning in it’s grandeur. And I say this as someone who’s been to the Louvre and seen the treasures of Europe.

By god, that was an awesome movie.

Editor’s Note: To clarify, I don’t think At World’s End is a particularly good movie. It is, however, an awesome one. There comes a point where you have to just shut off your brain and go with the cool, and this movie hit it with the ridiculous climax. Oh man.

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