Aigh, I've seen POTC six times now and making plans to go again to a matinee tomorrow..and I'm listening to the soundtrack now. And who am I kidding? I don't give a rat's ass about Orlando Bloom - which was the only reason I went in the first place. As one reviewer put it, "I walked in for Orlando Bloom and walked out in love with Johnny Depp." Well, that's a bit extreme but I've become a huge fan of the movie but there's one thing we can't forget..Captain Jack Sparrow! I just bought some POTC premiere stuff off Ebay. I have gotten to know the seller in fact and she's offering me some more stuff before putting it on Ebay. Don't know if I'll buy it but it's nice to have a line to some of it.
I got a goodie bag on my door, a "cheer up and get well" gift, it was a POTC picture frame that is really cool. If I had it my way, I'd print out one of the screencaps of Capt Jack and stick it in there but that would be pretty lame-o to have a framed photo.. Savvy?
That said, having a crush on the wildly fictional Captain Jack Sparrow is the only natural progression from a crush I had on The Edge many years ago. Skinny, bandana wearing, obsessed with hats.. If you think of it, Edge is just as much Jack as Keith Richards. Well, at least in headwear.
I honestly never gave JD any credit prior to this movie. I think the only movies I'd seen of his were Edward Scissorhands, Chocolat and Nick of Time (which for some reason I keep thinking starred Nick Nolte). I was OK w/ ES though I was more interested in Beetlejuice. Chocolat was a movie that grew on me, not exactly a huge performance from JD and I didn't think he was overly mesmerizing except he was downright yummy. Then Nick of Time..well, as I say, I thought Nick Nolte starred in that (I saw it on the airplane) and that is not a compliment. Since POTC, I've taken to seeing Benny & Joon (very cute, but made schizophrenia look too enticing), Ed Wood (speechless), Cry-Baby (ridiculous movie, ridiculous acting, I found it to be a waste of time except the scene where Cry-Baby tells of how his "Mama couldn't even spell!"), and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." No parentheses for What's Eating.. That movie. Wow. I cannot believe I never watched it before. First of all, big sweeping gesture and hats off to Leo for that peformance. But aside from that, what a beautiful movie and how insightful to what it's like in a broken home that's filled with sadness and people who try to do the right thing for other people. I related to Gilbert on such an incredible level, though instead of people saying "you need to do better" I heard more of "you need to let go a little more." I found myself identifying with that movie in a way I never expected.
You see, where Terms of Endearment represents to me what happens in a family when someone is dying and dies, What's Eating Gilbert Grape is the first movie I've seen that represents what happens to a family after the grieving and dying is done - how the grief continues in some form or another even though the family is "moving on". I was led to the movie by a gapers-block interest in seeing the other forms of Jack Sparrow..I mean, Johnny Depp..and I found a movie I can relate to in a deeply personal way. The scene where Juliette Lewis asks Gilbert what he wants for himself..man, I bawled.
Anyway, that's all from me for awhile. I am not getting too much better, but at least the disability insurance kicked in at last.