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I was a little nervous when I heard they were making a fourth Pirates movie.  I mean, I love Captain Jack, but I felt the third one was pretty conclusive.  After watching Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, I realized there is plenty more mileage in Jack Sparrow, especially considering he was by far the most interesting character from the original trilogy.

Jack has left Elizabeth and Will in his rearview mirror and is off to have some fun with a long lost flame.  And Blackbeard.  Although I don’t know how much fun you can have with the most feared pirate of all time.

This movie starts out with a trial in London of Joshamee Gibbs, who is accused of being Captain Jack Sparrow.  He is saved (I use the term loosely) by the real Jack Sparrow and tells him that there is another Jack Sparrow putting together a crew.  They are captured, and Jack is taken before King George and asked to guide an expedition, captained by none other than Captain Barbossa, to beat the Spanish to the Fountain of Youth.  After a miraculous escape, Jack confronts the faux-Jack and finds it to be a former flame, Angelica.

She outsmarts him and before he knows what is happening, he has been pressed into service on Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.  Jack leads a failed mutiny attempt, and Angelica admits that Blackbeard is her father.  Throw in a handsome, captured clergyman, a beautiful mermaid, and a one-legged Barbossa, and the craziness just escalates.  Needless to say, Johnny beats the bad guy and saves the girl.  Did you expect anything less?

In order for the Fountain of Youth to work, a mermaid’s tear has to be added to one of two special chalices, hence the need for a mermaid.  I remember seeing OPI’s pirate related collection in Disney World and being amused by the names, including Mermaid’s Tears.  For my next birthday, K gave it to me as a present and I couldn’t wait to review this movie so I could use it.

As for the polish itself, I liked it a trillion times better than Sparrow Me the Drama, even though the formulas were similar.  Mermaid’s Tears is a dusty, sea foam green creme. It was a little runny, but the coverage was infinitely better.  This picture is still three coats, but it dried pretty quickly, and I just loved the color.

Because I liked this polish so much, I decided I would keep it on for a few days.  Maybe mermaid’s tears really are magical! ~E

Picking up where Dead Man’s Chest left off, Elizabeth and Will, along with a ragtag group of pirates head for Davy Jones’ locker to bring Captain Jack and the Black Pearl back to the world of the living. We get to see a lot more of pirate society (is that an oxymoron?) in this installment, plus Keith Richards puts in an appearance as Jack’s dad.

At World’s End is the end of the story for Will and Elizabeth, although I think it raises more questions than it answers. And what was the mark (mentioned in the second movie) that Jack left on Cutler Beckett? A lot of great action sequences here and a must own for fans of the series, but overall, I think this is an overproduced, overly loud, turn-off-your-brain type of movie and those are a dime a dozen these days.

PS-Be sure to watch through the end credits. There’s a warm and fuzzy final scene that serves as an epilogue for the Turners.

This polish is from a European cosmetics company, so it’s kind of hard to find in the US. It is called Captain Sparrow’s Boat (all of Catrice’s names are cute and pop-culture-y like that) and it is a frosty, gray shimmer with a slightly green tone to it. This is 3 coats and a topcoat. I found the formula to be only slightly streaky, but the brush was kind of tricky to use. Still cool, though. ~K

I remember seeing the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie and thinking how incredibly awesome it was.  When I heard they were making two sequels, I was thrilled about the chance to see these characters again.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is not as awesome as Curse of the Black Pearl, but it has its moments.  Honestly, the best part is the big sword fight near the end between Will, Jack, and Norrington.  That is something very important to be said for the Pirate movies: there is generally at least one absolutely mind-blowing sword fight.

Johnny Depp is just as inspiredly kooky as he was in the original.  Orlando Bloom is pretty, and he has his funny moments as well.  Kiera Knightly is still plenty spunky and conniving.  Jack Davenport is back as as Norrington.  Much of the rest of the cast returns, including Gibbs, Governor Swan, Ragetti, and Pintel.

Joining the gang are Tia Dalma, a somewhat mystical woman, and Bootstrap Bill Turner.  We also have some new bad guys added to the mix.  Bill Nighy is the infamous Davy Jones and Tom Hollander as Lord Cutler Beckett.

The plot is just as complicated as the first movie, but it is also setting up the final film in the Will/Elizabeth trilogy.  Basically, Davy Jones is chasing Jack Sparrow to collect his soul, which he traded to be captain of the Black Pearl.  Will and Elizabeth have been arrested by Lord Cutler Beckett for helping Jack escape, and he sends Will to get Jack’s compass.  Using his master manipulator powers, Jack sends Will aboard Davy Jones’ ship to settle his debt, where he is reunited with this father.

Jack’s end game is to stab the heart of Davy Jones, which Jones cut out and put in a chest after he fell in love with a woman.  After that awesome fight scene and to regain his honor, Norrington tricks them all and takes the heart of Davy Jones to Beckett, which will give him power over the seas.  Meanwhile, the Kracken attacks the Black Pearl and takes Johnny Depp along, with a little help, of course.

OPI’s Sparrow Me the Drama seemed like a great fit for this movie.  So much drama in just a few short hours.  Drama between Will and his dad, between Elizabeth and Jack, between Norrington and everyone else.  Lots of drama!

This polish was not my favorite.  The formula wasn’t great; it took three coats, and I still didn’t feel like the coverage was complete.  The color was just a little too pink for me.  I couldn’t help but think about Pepto Bismal while I was putting it on.

While I always enjoy spending time with Captain Jack Sparrow, I think I’ll pass on Sparrow Me the Drama next time. ~E

I remember being in Disneyland with the whole fam the day this movie came out and my Dad decided we should drop by the Downtown Disney AMC and see it (it doesn’t take much convincing to get him into a theater). I hadn’t been overly impressed by the trailers, but I had just been on the ride, so it seemed as good a time as any to check it out. And I have to say, the energy of that audience was electric. I have never experienced anything like it (outside of a midnight showing for a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movie). There was gasping, cheering, laughter and when the screen went black, there was actual honest-to-goodness applause. It was amazing. I left that theater feeling like I had been a part of something awesome.

However, I also left the theater feeling really confused. TCofBP‘s plot is more than just a little convoluted, and it took several more viewings plus a lengthy explanation/play-by-play from my siblings for things to finally become clear. So, I am going to try to keep my synopsis short and simple and hope I make sense.

Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is the daughter of the Governor of Port Royal, and a bit of a pirate fangirl. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is a blacksmith’s apprentice (who actually does all of his master’s work) and has a thing for Miss Swann. When Elizabeth falls into the sea from a corset-induced fainting spell, the gold medallion she’s wearing (that originally belonged to Will) sends out a signal to a ship of cursed pirates who come a-calling. Meanwhile, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), former captain of the cursed crew, has arrived in Port Royal searching for a ship and revenge on his traitorous first mate (Geoffrey Rush). When the pirates kidnap Elizabeth, Will teams up with Jack to get her back.

There. That wasn’t so bad, was it? Johnny is positively inspired here (and deservedly received his first Oscar nom). Captain Jack is one of the coolest characters to swagger across a movie screen, ever. Keira hadn’t done much before this (unless you’re a Bend It Like Beckham fan), but Pirates of the Caribbean catapulted her onto the A-list. Orlando does some of his best acting, but let’s be honest, he’s pretty much here for his looks and not much else. Geoffrey relishes the part of nasty Barbossa and it’s no wonder that he came back to play the part three more times.

The music is perfect–a consummate pirate theme. The costumes are sumptuous (I got to touch Johnny Depp’s actual costume and almost died right then…but that’s another story), the sets are mindblowing and the swordfights are epic. My only quibble (aside from the confusing plot) is the excessive gore. These are Disney movies, people! Can I take my Grandma to see it? No, no I can’t.

In honor of Jack’s beloved ship, here is Wet ‘n’ Wild Fantasy Maker’s Black Pearl. The name is misleading, because this is a straight up black creme. Nothing pearly about it. What makes it special, though, is it’s amazing formula. One coat! And it also dries pretty fast, making it my go-to petticoat polish. ~K

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