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Captain Barbosa: Trilogy of Pirates of the Caribbean–A Fatherly, selfish Pirate that I do so Love!


Now gather round children whilst we tell the tale of  the Fatherly, yet selfish Pirate…Captain Barbosa.  Oh,  and dear children….inorder for you to keep up with this discussion …it will be necessary for you to have watched all three movies. 

We will skip around quite a bit….so do be a good student and do your homework before class?  Will you dears?  Thanks ever so much…..So now,  where were we?  

 Oh,  yes,  Captain Barbosa,  has my heart for his  stubborn ways helped to save the day for Jack Sparrow.  Despite the rivalry between the two men…Captain Barbosa lead the crew of Will Turner,  Elizabeth, and the group to find Davy Jones Locker and release Jack from that dreaded place. 

 Captain Barbosa knows everything and is not afraid of anything.  He uses comic relief, but he is generally not the butt of any of the jokes in the trilogy of the Pirates of the Caribbean.  What I love the most is how he meets Elizabeth for the first time. 

Captain Barbosa enters the story of the Black Pearl with his Un- dead crew and un-dead monkey because our “leading man” type Orlando Bloom’s a.k.a.  Will Turner coin was in the possession of Elizabeth Swann.  Elizabeth Swann,  had a awaken that morning having dreamt about her first meeting Will while saling to the Caribbean with her father and the Commodore. 

She took the coin from around Will’s  neck and hid it for safe keeping.  She had been afraid that the Kings Army would take poor young Will for  a pirate…or child of a pirate.  

Once her father had entered her room with chamber maids laden with a new dress sent  for from Europe,  Elizabeth hid the coin within the boddice of her night gown.  She would  hide the coin on its’ chain even under her new frock. 

 She did not plan to flip over the edge of a sea wall while being proposed to by the Commodore .  While she fell into the water the coin sent out its’ “signal” to the undead crew and its captian on the Pearl. 

 Captain Barbosa and his crew had been cursed for stealing what was known as the”Aztec”  Gold.  So they lived half alive and  half dead.  They were pirates of a ghost like nature. 

While day they were visable as human….but once the moon came out they appeared as walking animated skeletons with clothes on. 

 So the chase was on…to rid themselves of the ill gotten Aztec gold and return back to being human. In order to return to their normal selves they would  have to give back all of the ill gotten gain to the chest from which it was taken.  They also needed the blood of the child of one of the pirates. 

 Elizabeth misrepresented herself as a child named from Boot Strap Bill Turner.  She did not realize that she had sealed her fate with the pirates when she did that.  She had to stay on board the ship because….they needed what they thought was the blood of Boot Strapp Bill Turners sire. 

 For as Captain Barbosa put it, when  talking to Eizabeth during her”first meal”  in the Captain’s quarters….”I do not know the taste of food.”   And he was eager to experience sensation and taste again. The funny thing though….Elizabeth read Captain Barbosa all wrong. 

 She thought he had posioned her food…but instead he just wanted to watch a person truly eat and enjoy his/her food.  I felt kind of sorry for him.  Even though he  had basically kidnapped Elizabeth in order ensure his release from the limbo state ( undead)   life he had been living up to this point.  

Captain Barbosa was the crew member that had taken over the Black Pearl from Jack Sparrow in a mutiny!  Poor Jack had made a deal with that sea monster Davy Jones…to raise the Black Pearl from the depths and then become its captain for 13 or 12 years.  However,  Captain Barbosa mutined against Jack Sparrow,  took the ship and found that Aztec gold.  So he suffered from his bad behavior.  When he meets Ms. Swann he tried to explain his condition and the condition of his crew.  Elizabeth as plain and simplistic told him,  I do not believe in “ghost stories!”  She then stabbs Captain Barbosa in the chest with a knife.  He laughs and asked her in his great Irish, English accent,  “What is it you planned on doing after you stabbed me with this knife?”  The door to his captain’s quarters fly’s open as Elizabeth attempts to run away from him on his own ship in the middle of the ocean.  While she is running she sees a strange sight….the crew working in the moon light and looking like clothed animated skeletons!  Great Graphics as always Disney Movie People!  The skeleton crew were ugly, but not too scary.  I am not a scary movie buff.  I like a mild fear….not extreme fear.  Actually…I  like no fear at all.  I like comedy! 

So any way class, Ms. Turner/Swann gets tossed about the Black Pearl by the cursed skeleton crew and lands back at the feet of Cranky Barbosa.  He in turn tells her, “that if you don’t  believe in ghost stories Ms. Turner, You are In one! ”  At this point he drinks from a bottle of liquer and you can see the fluid roll down his skeleton rib cage and he laughs loud and hard.  The skeleton crew joins in with his laughter and he turns on them and yells….”Get to work!”

I just loved this part…I saw the frustration of Captain Babosa over his dilemma.  But poor Elizabeth was dragged into the problem now and looked like a scared little rabbit.  Which I would have been more like a scared turtle myself!lol!

The most interesting aspect of Barbosa was his interaction with the Chinese Pirate Lord and his attempt at diplomacy.  He was able to explain issues to the Chinese Pirate Lord and maintain a social proper presence throughout their discussion.  However, Elizabeth, now more comfortable had developed a somewhat fearless attitude with all pirates since the being of the Trilogy argued, and demanded things of the Chinese Pirate Lord. 

The most interesting part of Barbosa, was his seemingly logical awareness of   “the what is next” aspect to the movies.  He knew the Chinese Lord’s ship that the group was traveling on in their quest to reclaim Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones Locker was going to have to go over a gigantic water fall!  Ugh!   The cinematography and graphics was great!  It really had an authentic look, and hard pressed reality for the viewer!  I loved how the camera panned out from the Chinese Lord ship as Elizabeth and Will Turner and the rest of the crew realized that they were on a roller coaster ride to doom over the edge of the OCEAN WATER FALL!   oH, MY,  I thought….thank the good Lord…this is only a movie and that there are no water falls in the mid-atlantic ocean or any where else for that matter!  Yuck! But in the midst of this situation,  Barbosa just simply laughs!  Elizabeth runs to him and looks him in the eye and said ” You have doomed us all!”   Barbosa just simply touches her chin, smiles and utters some phrase but nothing that explains what is about to happen to them!  He grabs hold of rope and tosses his head back and laughs while the rest of the crew, the monkey and Mr. Giffen’s parrot seek shelter as the boat tips over the edge of the water fall!  What a mess as the whole kit and cabotel go over the waterfall!!! That is the best scene or one of the best in that the last and final chapter of my favorite trilogy!  And for those who have done their homework,  you know how it all ends….they find Jack Sparrow and  the Black Pearl!

I will add more on Captain Barbosa for his is a major player in this triology.  He holds much of the interesting facts and figures of the story line,  and he is the one or orchestrates Clypso’s ultimate freedom in his hand.  He even showed no fear.  He used Cylpso’s power, and did not feel loyalty at all.  He called her a “fish wife”.  Barbosa is a very strong character throughout the triology!

Once again,  I enjoy these movies….I wish they would make just one more about Will Turner once he is captain of the Flying Dutchman!

till next blog….Riveroflifelisajoy