Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Some Thoughts

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Some thoughts on the two ending scenes with Kiera Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about this every since I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales last Wednesday. I was skeptical about going and how good it was going to be, but I really really loved it. It was laugh out loud funny at so many points! I haven’t laughed that loud at a movie in ages. The casting of Henry Turner was great, I loved Carina as a character, Captain Jack Sparrow was his usual self, and the special effects were as spooky as ever. Well done all around.

I had heard a rumour that Kiera Knightly was going to be coming back for a post credits or end scene so I was thrilled when she appeared on screen at the last minute at the reunion scene and the cute, but also terrifying post credits scene. It just felt right. If she hadn’t shown up it would’ve cheapened the moment and made me (and I think everyone else) feel cheated as a fan.

I left the theatre happy, but when I got home I realized there was something a miss with how the film ended and it took me a little while to figure out what it was. And then it hit me: her dress. Throughout the movie we see all of the other characters wear either the exact same thing or a very similar thing to what we last saw them wearing: consistency. The only character who is dressed differently is Barbossa and that’s explained by the fact that he’s working for the British Navy and commands a large fleet of ships which has made him rich. Everyone else is wearing pretty much the exact same thing we last saw them in or something very similar. All the way down to Will Turner who, as another Tumbler user pointer out, is wearing literally the same outfit that he was the last several times we saw him in multiple movies. There has been no change.

And then there’s Elizabeth. The last few times we see her she is wearing pirate attire in line with her character’s story arch. The last time (prior to DMTNT) that we see her in a corset and dress is at the start of Dead Man’s Chest. After that she ditches corsets for pants, skirts, blouses, and jackets that allow her to breathe and move freely in order to sword fight and pirate more properly like everyone else around her. The last three scenes we see her in prior to DMTNT she’s wearing pants and a jacket in her role as Pirate King; a black tattered dress that looks like its been ravaged by the sea as she standing on the beach with Will; and a long billowing skirt/pants (its hard to tell), a white blouse, and caramel coloured brocade vest. Her hair is either long and down or loosely tied back and she wears no jewellery. In the last scene we see her in (in At World’s End) she is standing on a hill on the island with her son nine year old son standing next to her. He wears pirate attire and a pirate hat that is most likely hers.

Now, suddenly in DMTNT she comes over the top of that same hill wearing an outfit that is in stark contrast to what we’ve seen her in before. It is also in stark contrast to what everyone else around her is wearing. Henry and Carina are dressed in similar attire as to what we saw them last, Captain Jack Sparrow and the crew on the boat are all in the same attire that we’ve seen them in all movie, and Will is wearing the exact same outfit we’ve seen him in previously. Elizabeth is not.

She has traded the pirate attire she wore the last two movies and, it is implied, the 10 years after AWE will living on the island raising her son for full royal regalia. The kind we haven’t seen her in since The Curse of the Black Pearl. In COTBP and in DMC Elizabeth makes comments about how much she hates corsets and after that only wears them when necessary and on special occasions such as her botched wedding. Yet, here in DMTNT she’s dressed in full regalia. More ornate in fact that much of what we’ve previously seen her in. She dressed even more regally than she was when she was the Governor’s Daughter. She’s wearing a dusty rose coloured, multilayered, corseted dress with two ruby jewelled necklaces, drop earrings, and her hair is perfectly coiffed. Then in the post-credits scene her and Will and shown sleeping in an ornately decorated bedroom.

Now this is surprising and interesting for a number of reasons. First, there’s logistics and cost. The addition of Kiera Knightley to this scene was a last minute addition. As the filmmakers talk about it this article here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/05/26/keira-knightley-pirates-caribbean-return-fans-demand/102201872/

Keira Knightley’s scenes were filmed and added to the nearly finished film at the last minute after fans demanded it. Early versions of the completed movie were shown to test audiences and every time when the lights would go up people would ask, “Where’s Elizabeth Swann?” The filmmakers quickly got the message that they needed to add Knightley to the story if they wanted the film to be a success. So after their polite request Knightley graciously agreed to film some pivotal scenes and the crew flew to England for a day of shooting around her schedule.

So the movie was already pretty much completed by the time Knightley was added in. She filmed two small scenes that each last less than 5 minutes each and she has no discernible lines. Consider how much it would have already cost the production to move filming to London and lock down the set for two scenes you would think that the filmmakers would be looking to save money at this point. Which they could have easily done. They could have put Knightley in similar pirate attire to what she was wearing the last few times we saw her and filmed the bedroom scene in a more cottage room like setting. This would have saved the filmmakers a lot of money, time, and would have keep everything consistent and wrapped all of the lose ends nicely as with all of the other characters.

Instead, they move the entire production to London for a day, locked down the set, paid the costume department to create a custom made multilayered ornate corseted gown with accompanying jewellery all for one scene that lasted less than five minutes. The question we are left with is why? To make these changes would have costed more money and more time and doing all of these things was already outside the planned budget and scope of work for the movie and it raises more questions than answers when this was supposed to be the final adventure. The hopeful answer that comes to mind is that if everyone agrees there are going to make a sixth movie as was previously reported when it was said they were filming the fifth and sixth back to back. My theory is that they only filmed the fifth one because the CGI to make Johnny Depp look younger took over a year and thereby lengthened production time.

There are also a number of interesting possibilities as to why Elizabeth is wearing such an lavish outfit and why she is living in such an ornate house. There are three possible scenarios given what we know. One, she realized that the curse had been broken and Will was coming home, perhaps because something happened to the heart in the chest (maybe it disappeared?) and decided to dress up for when she went to meet him for the first time in several years for his homecoming and when she saw the sky changed and ships on the horizon she came running up the hill to meet him. Now the other three reasons have to do with why she’s worn that kind of attire in the past. She’s worn that kind of attire for three reasons in the past: to help her seduce the men around to into getting what she needs (usually to help out Will or Jack); for a special occasion (such as her Wedding or a hanging); and in her role as the Governor’s Daughter.

Since she’s stuck on this island because she’s guarding Will’s heart and can’t leave because something might happen to it if she does that and that would kill him and most of her dealings with having to seduce men for her own goals were with pirates and British Navy neither of which seem to have had ongoing consistent contact with the island that seems rather unlikely. The second hypothesis, that she was at or on her way to a special event is plausible, but also not very likely. The reunion scene happens mid-day so unless this was afternoon wedding and she got dressed earlier this doesn’t seem very likely, though it is possible. It also does nothing to explain how she suddenly came into such a large sum of money as to afford such attire and a house to match.

The third explanation is my favourite, the one I’m rooting for, and the one I think is the most likely. The third explanation is that at some point since the last time we saw Elizabeth 10 years after AWE she’s acquired a more prominent role in governing the affairs of the island and as a result is dressing even more ornately than the Governor’s Daughter because she is in fact the Governor, the Mayor, the Leader of this island. I like this explanation the most because it checks all the boxes, makes the most sense with Elizabeth’s journey and character arch, and is the most badass. I also think it helps explain why she’s come into a large sum of money and why Henry doesn’t mention her change in status when asked about her.

Prior to Henry leaving for the Navy she’s stuck on this island and doesn’t want to put her son in any danger. But once he grows older, probably around 14 or 15, and decides to jump ships and then join the Navy to find Captain Jack Sparrow and find the Trident of Poseidon, and free Will she’s left on the island alone and no longer has to worry about protecting him and how her actions on the island will negatively impact him. She knows he’s going to be putting himself in harms way, but unlike Will who tries to stop him, knows she can’t stop him from following his heart and going just like they did. She gives him her blessing, makes him promise to write often, and lets him go find his own adventure. She can’t but that doesn’t mean she wants him to waste away on this god forsaken chunk of rock in contrast to Will who doesn’t want him to waste his life as a pirate. They both want what’s best for him in different ways.

So after Henry goes off to join the Navy and free his father something happens on the island. There are a number of possibilities here. Perhaps the town’s leader died unexpectedly and Elizabeth steeped up. Perhaps the town’s leadership was lost at sea and someone needed to fill in. Or perhaps Elizabeth had not been happy with how things were run for quite some time, but waited until Henry left to stage a mutiny with all of the townspeople that she’d secretly been training of swordsmanship using everything Will had taught her. Can’t you just see it? This also might explain where all the excess money came from. It is also possible that Elizabeth was hard on funds or simply wanted what was rightfully hers and got in touch with her pirate contacts in South China Sea and asked them to retrieve the Swann family fortune her father left behind. Perhaps she put in that request earlier and it took a while for the money and possessions to reach her or perhaps she waited to get involved with such an undertaking until Henry had left so as to protect him and not come across as a total hypocrite and openly contradict the wishes of Will as a father.

It is also implied by Henry’s comments and lack thereof that Elizabeth’s change of status on the island occurred after he left in his mid teens to join the Navy because at no time does he mention a change or a new title not even when Captain Jack Sparrow pries him for information. My conclusion is that in the 5 to 8  year gap between now and when we last saw her Elizabeth has come into a great deal of money, is now dressing in regalia on a regular basis, and has achieved a higher position of status on the island than she had previously. These are my ideas. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts!

Thought of Day

Outlook

Am I the only one who wishes Outlook.com would stop changing their layout so frequently? It feels like they change it weekly. There was nothing wrong with the old system. Why do they have to keep changing it? All of these new features are supposed to increase work productivity, but it actually decreases mine. I spend so much time now turning off new features and working around the ones I can’t turn off that actually add extra steps that I now lose several minutes per day that I used to use for work.

Jigging Time

I’ve got another roommate story for you all today. I spent the greater part of yesterday at the library working on a paper that’s due on Friday. After putting a day’s worth of work and make a substantial dent in it I decide to call it quits and leave around 1:00 AM. I return home around 1:30 AM. I open the door to be greeted with squid jigging music! Full blast – coming from my roommate’s room. I eventually determine that she’s watching some sort of TV Show or movie that has jigging music as its main background music. She has gone from being a person who readily apologized when her bootycall woke me up at midnight on a weekday to being a person who does whatever she wants, whenever she wants without a care in the world as to how her actions affect anyone else around (except her boyfriend of course).

All this because I dared to question her and took issue with the fact that she had essentially invited her boyfriend to move in with us without asking. Sigh. I just don’t know anymore. The noise continued on until about 3:00 AM when it finally stopped and I was able to get some sleep. The odd thing is that this change where she stays up super late and is super noisy from 11:30 AM to 3:00 AM is a new development. It only started happening a couple of weeks ago.

This is the last week of the semester. With only a few weeks to go, when we’ve never had more to do, she’s decided that staying up to all hours of the morning and being extremely loud is now an okay thing to do. I don’t understand it. She has to be busy with course work, final assignments, and marking like the rest of us (in fact I know that she is because a friend of mine is in the same program) yet she somehow finds time to stay up, be loud, and annoy the crap out of me at all hours. How does she function like this? Why does she function like this? Why would you willingly work all day and then stay up all night? I’m doing it because I’ve got too much due, a tight schedule, and a roommate from hell. In other words I don’t have a choice. But she does. So why do it?

Cheers,
The Mischief Mistress

Roommate Thoughts

kleenx

My roommate, whom we will call Jamie, has started randomly stealing the kleenex boxes from the bathroom. That I bought for communal use. I have no idea why she is doing this, but she appears to be escalating. The first one that disappeared a few weeks ago I was pretty sure was close to being done. So I replaced it with a new box from under the sink. And then today I get out of the shower and notice that this second box, which I replaced recently and as a result it is almost brand new and nowhere close to being finished, is gone. She’s stealing communal kleenex. Seriously? Who does that? Who’s that childish? Her apparently. I get that you need kleenex or maybe she’s doing it to be passive aggressive on purpose, but come on really?

And what’s more this situation starting escalating in the first place because SHE got started being really passive aggressive and accused me of stealing food items we’d agreed to share such as milk, bread, cheese, eggos etc. along with her granola bars which I’ve never eaten seeing as we a) did not agree to share them and b) I specialty order mine so I don’t want her granola bars anyway. Also her boyfriend drives me nuts. The sound of voice carries like you wouldn’t believe through this box we call an apartment (well suite technically). And that TV. She plays that thing so bloody loud I can barely hear myself think. And she plays it late into the evening too. I’m glad you have nothing else better to do that bother everyone around you Jamie but the rest of us (me specifically) would like to study, write, eat, and sleep in reasonable calm and quiet. Is that really too much to ask? For long time followers of this blog you know the answer to that one: the answer is yes. I have the worst luck with roommates I swear.

That’s all for now.
xoxo ~ The Mischief Mistress

Red & White

Hello everyone!
In honour of Canada Day I spent the weekend baking things red and white. I started on Saturday baking a custom baseball cake for a customer and followed up on Monday by making a Stripes & Hearts Cake in tribute to the nation that has been my home since the day I was born. I’m not an overly patriotic individual. I care far too much about the injustices our Government is perpetrating to ever be quite frankly, but I do love where I live.

This Canada Day I was reminded of how lucky I am to live in a country that affords me rights that so many are denied. My hearts go out especially to all the women, in the United States and elsewhere, who are fighting tooth and nail for the reproductive, social, and political rights that I and so many others sometimes take for granted. I am also reminded that the rights and privileges that I so cherish are in many cases not extended to all Canadians even though they should be. Days like today make me remember why I want to get into politics and why all the struggle is going to be worth it. And on that note please enjoy the action shots above. Happy Canada Day everyone!
Love,
The Mischief Mistress

A Post About A Lot of Things

Hello everyone!
My apologies for being away for so long. As I mentioned in my last post the move has been incredibly stressful. I’ve also been attempting to find a well paying job or any job at all really with limit resources. The good news is that both of these stressful situations are on their way to being resolved. We are slowly unpacking our house, day by day, and *fingers crossed* I might soon have a job as a sales representative for a company that represents a Canadian nail polish company, a line of spa products, and a line of shampoos, conditioners, and hair colours. I have also been working hard to get my cookie business up and running in my newly adopted town.

I was linked to a hilarious blog post on how NOT to make rainbow cupcakes recently which reminded me of the rainbow cake I made for my cousin’s birthday a few years back. Pictures of which can be seen at the top of this post along with the Sparkling Strawberry Cupcakes that I made last week.
How NOT to make Rainbow Cupcakes Link: www.bloglovin.com

I also did some reading this week on Depression as a mental condition, the different classifications of Depression, and treatment methods. I learned through my brief research that more of my family members than I realized suffer some kind of mental ailment. What I found most curious, however, was how one pamphlet I read described the various treatment methods.

The pamphlet outlined the different kinds of medications that are typically prescribed for various forms of depression and their side effects, but gave no mention to how these medications actually effect you. Now I myself have never taken medication for a mental condition because I was able to deal, and continue to deal, with my depression and anxiety issues through therapy and psychological counselling, but I know people who have.

Many of the people I know who have describe a similar experience. They say that while they no longer experience the extreme highs and lows they felt before, after taking the medication they no longer feel anything at all. They say that most medications flatten you completely which is why many people go off them. I’m not saying that people who are suffering shouldn’t try medication as an option or that all medications are ineffective. I have family members for whom medication is the worst possible choice and family members for whom medication is the best possible choice. What I’m saying is that there needs to be better awareness about what these medications actually do and how they make those with mental conditions feel.

Some of the literature also discussed Electroconvulsive Therapy as treatment option which scared the beegeesus out of me. The fact that shocking people who are sick with electric currents is considered an acceptable treatment for quote, “those who do not respond to medications” is terrifying. That being said, it is possible there is a benefit that I am not seeing and if any of you have a more informed opinion on this and other matters concerning mental health I would love to hear it. The more we talk about this stuff the better.

Love,
The Mischief Mistress

Links:
The bakery that I am a part of: www.cookiecrumbsent.com
The nail polish I will hopefully be selling shortly: http://www.cheekymonkeycosmetics.com/

Orange You Glad?

Hey Everyone,
Today in order to take my mind off the stress of my family and I’s recent move I decide to bake some cupcakes. I baked dark chocolate cupcakes in our brand new oven and made icing sugar free frosting with the brand new Magic Chef hand mixer I bought recently. I am ridiculously proud of how well the frosting turned out. In order to make it I had to whisk milk and flour in a frying pan on the stove until it achieved, “a pudding like consistency” to quote my recipe.

The cupcake recipe is from  Hello Cupcake! by the amazing Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. I highly recommend it. The recipe turned out perfectly and the decorating instructions this book offers are amazing! I also highly recommend their other two books: What’s New Cupcake? and Cupcakes, Cookies & Pies, Oh my! I got the frosting recipe from Our Best Bites and allrecipes.ca. One for the recipe and the other for the pictures. I spent most of the day measuring, testing, colouring, and taste testing. It provided the break I desperately needed and also allowed me to update my bakery website with new product photos.

Links:
Hello Cupcake! and other books: http://www.hellocupcakebook.com/
Our Best Bites Recipe: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/09/perfect-cupcake-frosting-and-filling/
Allrecipes.ca Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Creamy-Frosting/Detail.aspx

Better Than This

I had an experience recently that reminded me both of how lucky I am and why I’m on the path I’m on. I got a job recently working at an understaffed pizzeria. It’s a summer job and it pays minimum wage. Not exactly a long term investment. I was supposed to work until eight, but we got swamped with orders and neither of the other two employees could come in. I clocked out at 8:30 and preceded to bike home in the pouring rain.

As I biked the downpour became heavier and I was reminded of why I am spending most of mine and my parents’ money on University. My thought process as I became considerably more drenched went something like this: I am better than this. I deserve better than this. This is why you’re going to University. Because you are smarter than this, more intelligent than this. You’re going to University so don’t end up working in pizza joints for the rest of your life. So you don’t spend the rest of your life biking in the rain while boys hurl mumbled nonsensical insults at you. You’re not small town. You’re better than that. Better than this. You deserve better than to be stuck making pizzas with people who know nothing about politics. This is why you are going to University. To better yourself. To get a career. To ensure that you never wind up like this. You deserve better and you are going to get it.

In short, I am lucky and this week I was reminded that luck, the kind I have been blessed with, is not to be taken lightly. The phrase, “with great power, comes great responsibility” is a common one especially in the super hero movie genre. But, I believe it can be taken a step further. I believe that with great luck comes great responsibility. If you are fortunate enough to be born into a decent family, a good upbringing, wealth, a country a peace, and you have the intellect and ability to better your self it is your responsibility to do so.

Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t think University is the only way to do this or that college is either. I simply believe that if you are fortunate enough to be given the chances and opportunities that so many people in this world crave for you have a responsibility to do something with them. You have an obligation to better yourself, to make something of your life, and not settle because it is easier. There are so many people who would kill to be in your shoes, to have your life. It’s not easy and it’s not always fun, but it is worth it. At lease I hope it is. Fingers crossed everyone.

The Absence of Friends

I lost a friend today. They haven’t died. They’ve just left. They’re transferring to a new university for a second time contrariety to what they said last time we spoke of it. They’re all excited. They think its grand. I’m dying inside.

Friends

I never mean as much to them

As they mean to me

I try to hide it

I’m sure it shows

I’m tired of being lonely

Just for being me

You’d think I was strange

The number of friends I’ve lost

But not really as different as you might think

I’m smart and I’m funny

Or at least I try to be

I like to dance and party

Traits most people rarely see

I’m sick of investing in bankrupt accounts

Of putting everything in

And getting nothing out

I want this to end

I’m so sick of this life

The cycle is never ending

I want a life