The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy

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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