If you're one of those people that hate cliffhanger endings, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is not the movie for you. Just wait until the DVD comes out to watch it.
That said, I had my suspicions about the end of this movie because they filmed both PotC 2 and 3 at the same time. I figured they would both have something to do with each other. Overall, though, I’d say it was a pretty good movie.
But, don't read this if you don't want to read a bunch of spoilers. ;)
The movie was pretty much like the first one. Lots of jokes, some slapstick humor, and good-looking actors in pirate costumes. I thought that the jokes sometimes made the movie a little bit sillier than it had to be. But hey, it's a movie about pirates with Johnny Depp in it. Who cares?
It starts off with Will being arrested on his wedding for aiding Captain Sparrow (from the first movie), a well known condemned criminal and pirate. The penalty? Death. They soon afterwards arrest Elizabeth for committing the same crime. Captain Jack Sparrow still is on his Black Pearl, pirating across the ocean, without much luck hitting gold, it would seem. Instead, he's searching for the key to Davy Jones locker. Supposedly, if you can find the Dead Man's chest, you can capture and control the "devil himself." Apparently, Captain Sparrow has made a deal with Davy Jones in the past, that, if Captain Jack gets to be Captain for 13 years, then he’ll serve Davy Jones for eternity. Bootstrap Bill Turner shows up to remind Johnny of the debt he owes to Davy Jones in exchange for 13 years of captaining the Black Pearl.
In the mean time, Will must find Captain Sparrow’s compass and return to the island with it. In exchange for the compass, Will and Elizabeth will be pardoned. In this movie, we’re finally told why the compass never points north: it always points to what you desire most.
All of this leads to awesome pirate dueling, wisecracks, and the same fun from the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Throughout the movie, the theme was that selfishness doesn't solve anything. Captain Sparrow wanted the Dead Man's Chest so that he could free himself. Will wanted to have the chest so that he could free himself and Elizabeth. Former Commodore Norrington wanted the chest so that he could reclaim his place among the British Navy.
Such selfishness doesn't get you anywhere among your friends or your enemies. In fact, selfishness is one of the "seven deadlies". It's a sin, and just like any other sin, it’ll get you condemned to a very hot place. Elizabeth tells Captain Jack that she believes there is good in him, and that in the end, he will do the right thing. So, in order to "redeem himself", Captain Jack Sparrow goes back to the Black Pearl as the crew that he abandoned tries to save themselves and the ship. But can he redeem himself? According to the movie, there’s no way to get out of an oath made with Davy Jones.
Thankfully for us, though, we do have someone who has already redeemed us. Jesus. You don't have to try to redeem yourself by killing a Beastie (sin), or by saving a ship. Jesus died for you. He took care of the devil for you and because of that, you’ll be in Heaven with Him some day. You don’t have to worry about the kraken of sin anymore. The debt’s paid in full.
Of course, this doesn't answer what happens to Will and Elizabeth. Is Will finally free of Elizabeth and single now? Will Johnny come back? Why the heck does what's-his-name want Davy Jones heart? Is Bootstrap ever going to be saved by his son? Will his barnacles go away? Isn't Barbosa supposed to be dead? WHAT THE IS GOING ON HERE!? If you’re still wondering about these questions like I am, it’s going to be a while before we find our answers.
In the mean time, rest in the knowledge that the most important questions, like where you're going to spend eternity and are you forgiven for your sins, are already answered. The answer is Jesus.
Anna Joy Holbird is an incoming freshman at Concordia University in Seward, NE. She serves as the Reflections Content Manager for Higher Things Internet Services. Check out her blog, Mostly Toomey & Eunice.
Don't miss the HT-U Christian Writers' Workshop at The Feast!Do you like to write? Ever wonder what it takes to write professionally? In this three-session sectional, writer and editor Julie Stiegemeyer and editor Adriane Dorr will lend some friendly advice on being a Christian writer as well as what Higher Things magazine looks for in articles. Since it's a three-part workshop, attendees work hands-on to edit their articles or stories to take them from a rough manuscript to a polished publication-ready piece. **Note: Prior to the conference, please submit a writing sample you would like to work on during the sessions. Interested registrants can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Be sure to get your submissions in soon. The deadline is July 10.
Every now and again, HT looks at a movie. We call this "Higher Movies." One of our bloggers, Nathan Fischer, wrote a review of Superman Returns. Nathan Fischer is a senior at Concordia University Wisconsin, studying Theological Languages and Philosophy. He also serves as a copy editor for the Higher Things Reflections. We'd love him to change his blog banner, but he won't listen to us. Check out Nathan's blog here.
Interested in writing a review for the Higher Things website? Perhaps something on the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Submit your review to here. Also, make sure you check out other B.A.M.B.I. topics.
Have fun and Happy Writing!Rev. George F. Borghardt III
The long-awaited housing information for each group's assigned residential area is complete. This information is being sent off-list to each group's primary contact leader. This is now possible because all of the housing assignments are complete.
In general, no sleeping bags are needed! Whether you are at either place, linens, towels, pillows, blankets, etc will be provided.
Group leaders, when you receive these informational sheets please feel free to pass them along to your group via e-mail, or copy and reproduce as necessary. They will not be posted online.
Also, please note that each registrants' exact room location will be given at the time of registration.
Thank you for your patience. This was a huge logistical task made even more complex by our utilization of two locations and the fact that we have tried to cram as many in as possible due to the overwhelming interest in The Feast.
I trust that the housing information sheets you will receive off list will more than adequately give you the information that you need to know what your residential environs will be like so that you can pack accordingly.
Sincerely in Christ,
P.S. I would like to publicly thank my faithful friend, part-time secretary and right hand thinker in the office, Cheryl Hubenthal, who has spent a tremendous amount of time and energy to map out everyone's housing assignments at the last second and with great expense (a quote for you Monty Python folk! Yes, we are quite loopy at Higher Things Housing Central!
<grin> Seriously, Cheryl was given a mind boggling number of variables and logistical considerations to deal with and has pretty much devoted her life to this task over the last month. Like all of my team members, she exemplifies what Higher Things is all about. Please thank her and all the Team members when you meet them in Colorado. But for now let me say "Thanks, Cheryl!" I wouldn't trade you for anyone! You are simply the best! And yes, I remember that you like chocolate! :-)
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For more bulletin paragraphs, check with our new Development Coordinator, Erika Preus.
Our look at the HT-U Sectionals at The Feast continues with a short examination of "HT-U: Retreats and the Web."
You love Higher Things and don't miss a conference. Don't you? Can you not wait until the magazine comes out to share with your youth group the great articles inside? But, youth ministry goes on every day in your congregation. How can Higher Things help you the rest of the time?
Landon Reed, the brand-new Higher Things Retreat Executive, will be leading a breakaway sectional at The Feast to tell you all about HT's plans to host weekend retreats and mini-conferences all around the country. He's even got resources to help you plan lock-ins! What a great way to bring a taste of the HT conference experience home and invite kids from other area congregations and the community to spend a weekend or night learning about the Gospel!
And there's more! Did you know that Higher Things' website has a wealth of resources available for youth and those doing youth ministry every day of the week? From daily devotions to Bible Studies, interactive discussion forums and insightful blogs, our website is THE place for confessional Lutheran youth ministry online. Want to learn what BAMBI is? The Internet Services Team will tell you about all the amazing things already available to you, as well as what's planned for the future!
Retreats, lock-ins, and the website. Come learn how you can "Dare to Be Lutheran" every day with your Youth Group!
We are pleased to say that we are nearing completion of the housing assignments for The Feast.
Along the way we have received a few notes about various changes, substitutions, and cancellations. We are glad to help make these changes and we realize that this will still be a necessity to a degree down the stretch.
However, we hope that after July 1st any changes will be truly rare and exceptional.
We, in Housing Coordination and Registration, need to have everything virtually "set in concrete" at some point so that we may work with Colorado College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for nametags, dorm assignments, etc.
That "set in concrete" point will be this coming Saturday, July 1st. After that date making changes will be extremely difficult. Please help us out by letting us know of any such changes that need to be made by you or your group ASAP.
Please also know that it is still not too late for us to let another group or two in if we know of any cancellations in advance. So even if we aren't able to give you a refund, the sooner you let us know about a cancellation, the greater the chance there is for someone else to still come to The Feast!
Thank you very much for understanding our need in this regard and taking it seriously. The bottom line is that this information simply needs to be nailed down, and July 1st is the "nailing down" date. Anything you can do to help us reach some finality will be greatly appreciated.
Sue Pellegrini (Registrar)
Cheryl Hubenthal (Housing Coordinator)
Rev. Marcus Zill (Conference Coordinator)