The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy

Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy spoiler review and lessons learned

What a fun re-watch!  The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy holds up and the comedy mixed with action and adventure in a period piece is a must-see.  And, Captain Jack Sparrow!

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movies before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Dusty: Even though it’s sad, rum can make a huge bonfire and save you.

  • Out in the ocean, you’ve got to do what you can to guide ships to you.

Sky: Everyone has a price. 

  • Most people are greedy, just offer them something to get what you want.

The best pirate we’ve ever seen

Jack Sparrow IS the best pirate we've ever seen

Dusty: Do what you gotta to avoid a mutiny.

  • This holds true for pirate captains as well as us in the real world who manage people or even your family.

Sky: Being waited on hand and foot makes you weak. 

  • If somebody is doing everything for you (waking you up, getting you dressed, cooking all your meals) then you won’t become a self-reliant, strong person.  Elizabeth Swan is an exception to this, but in the real world, coddled people are weak people.

We love the cursed pirates CG

Sky: Show them what you want them to see (misdirection).

  • Captain Jack’s Sparrow’s plan of stealing the super fast British ship by commandeering the other one was perfect misdirection.  Everyone thinks he’s a buffoon and underestimates him, but he’s always one step ahead.

Non-pirates out-pirating the pirates

More The Curse of the Black Pearl goodness

The Curse of the Black Pearl on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 89% and The Critics at 66%

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Dusty: Know what your end goal is and go after it.

  • Even though losing the game meant more years added on to Will Turner’s sentence, it was the one way for him to learn the location of the key, so it was worth it.

Sky:  Stay on task. 

  • The cannibals kept going back and forth between Jack and the Pirates. If they just stayed on task and maybe divide up their forces, they would’ve had a very nice meal that night.

Awesome fishy bag guys with Davey Jones leading this cutthroat crew

Dusty: Pick yourself up when life throws you a curve ball.

  • Don’t fall into despair and wallow in your own stink like Norrington did after his defeat in the first movie.  Get back on that horse and ride!

Sky:  Don’t give in to superstition. 

  • Being haunted, ghosts, ancient Chinese secrets… don’t believe any of it. Just believe in yourself and what you can do and what you know to be true. Acting upon your superstitions doesn’t get you anywhere I believe and all it does is add fear to your life. Humans are too fearful, so cut the superstitions, cut the fear and just enjoy life more.

The two-pronged native cannibal chase was great!

Sky: Always be prepared to settle your debts when the collector comes.

  • You make your bed, you’ve got to lie in it.

Dusty: Don’t ever settle somebody else’s debt.

  • For us in the now, don’t cosign for other’s debts.

A little over-the-top, but a great sword fighting scene

More Dead Man’s Chest goodness

Dead Man’s Chest on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 53% and The Critics at 72%.

Lessons Learned from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Dusty: Never give up your human rights without a fight.

  • Instead of singing in solidarity on your way to the gallows, fight in solidarity for your life.

Sky: Hold true to your word because that’s all you’ve got. 

  • Once a betrayer, always a betrayer. This is a big mistake of Lord Beckett and most pirates. If you show somebody they can’t trust you, they won’t trust you from that point forward.

Captain Jack Sparrow: never one to be outdone

Dusty: Always have a plan. 

  • Be like Sparrow and always think about how you’re going to get what you want or get out of the predicament you’re in.

Sky:  “Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.” – Paul Simon

  • It seems like Sparrow is constantly improvising, but we’re sure he’s game planning the entire time before he takes action on anything.


Sky: The more you do, the more you can do.

  • Jack’s success in this movie came from everything else he’s experienced and accomplished (and failed at) in the past.  For us in the real world, every bit of experience you gain adds to your wisdom, allowing you to draw from past successes and failures as you work to achieve your goals.

Dusty: Communication helps all situations.

  • Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann should’ve been communicating their intentions the entire time.  They could’ve been working together toward the same goals.

Rousing the troops and headed towards a fantastic conclusion!

More At World’s End goodness

At World’s End on IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score: The Audience at 72% and The Critics at 44%.

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Hobbs & Shaw | Episode 60

Hobbs & Shaw had unbelievable, crazy action with great comedic one-liners, and we had a rockin’ good time!  This is a great spin-off to the Fast & Furious Franchise.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Hobbs & Shaw

Sky: You can learn a lot about somebody by fighting them.

  • This is probably true, but I (Sky) will never intrinsically understand it.  I’m not a fighter, I’m more of an avoider.

Dusty: Always have one in the chamber.

  • The goal is to protect yourself, so don’t waste time in having to pull the slide back.

These two are perfect buddy-action-movie stars!

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, directed by David Leitch.

Sky: Go to a stunt driving school so you’ll be ready for your next big high-speed chase.

Dusty: Family is the most important.

  • It may seem cliche and over-used in movies, but family is the true bond that can get you through the tough times.  This is one of the reasons we love this franchise.

Idris Elba was a great black Superman

Sky: We can accomplish so much more with teamwork.

  • It took these two frien-enemies working together to take out Brixton (Elba).

With all the cameos in the movie (like Eiza Gonzalez), they’re preparing for a continuing franchise


Dusty: Get creative when making booby traps.

  • Yeah, prepare for the worst and surprise your enemies like they did here with “Samo-Alone”.

Dusty’s super-cool desk (now that’s he’s got Deadpool)

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Rotten Tomatoes score:

  • The Audience: 89%
  • The Critics: 66%

Sky & Dusty have chosen the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy as the next set of movies we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Review and Lessons Learned #59

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have been meandering and a little boring at times, but the acting talents of DiCaprio and Pitt are on full, glorious display.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sky: Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and soldier on with the job you were hired to do.

  • DiCaprio’s character of Rick Dalton came back from the brink of breaking down on set and killed it with the kidnapping scene with the little girl and Luke Perry.  This is how we should all act and when it’s your turn to perform, perform and get the job done.

Dusty: Have a weapon (especially a flame thrower) near you at all times.

  • You’ve gotta be able to protect yourself and your family.

Pitt and DiCaprio were on point in this one!

Sky: If it’s not “hell yes” it’s “hell no”.

  • It’s easier said than done, and Kurt Russell’s stunt coordinator character broke this rule and hired Cliff. This ended up with Bruce Lee getting thrown around and his wife’s car getting beat up. I don’t know who originally said this, but it applies to all aspects of life. Life is too short to do the stuff you don’t want to do, so when somebody offers you something and you don’t immediately jump at the opportunity, turn it down.

Dusty: If you’re even in a pool and roasting on fire, just go under.

  • Yep, water puts out fire (it’s science, yo!).

Danger!  Danger!  Jail bait… DANGER!!!

Sky: Try not to think with your little brain.

  • Cliff Booth was right when he inquired as to the age of PussyCat. There’s jail bait out there, and it takes a little bit of forethought and self-control to NOT be taken in by it.

Margot Robbie was great as Sharon Tate


Dusty: Train your dog to chew off somebody’s face, arm or balls.

  • Sounds good, but are you willing to put in the work to do this?  A horse and hardback book is good enough.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit our Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

The critics enjoyed this one, they had it at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes which was a bit more positive than the Audience at 71%.  We agree with the Critics on this one.

Dusty has chosen Hobbs & Shaw as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Army of Darkness.