After seeing the first Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, I came to a conclusion; Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the greatest characters ever created. But after 3 more movies, is this still the case? And if not....why?...
One can not deny the coolness of Jack Sparrow, but I noticed that something is different about his character in his character in "Curse of the Black Pearl" than the 3 Pirates movies that came after it. And there isn't just one reason for this.
In the Pirates movies that followed, Jack Sparrow seemed to have lost much of that confidence and control. He had his moments for sure, but he had gone from stylishly escaping norringtons men in the first movie to running, flailing and screaming while escaping the native cannibals in the 2nd movie. True he met the Kraken head on swinging, but that didn't make up for the fact that he had turned into more of a bumbling idiot who calls a heart a "thump thump" and squealed in fright when Davey Jones yelled in his face in the final throwdown in "At Worlds End". They seemed to lower his intelligence, smarts, and swager for the sake of making "comic relief". They took away drunk Han Solo and gave us a caricature of the Jack Sparrow we once knew. A cartoon who could never live up to the origional rendition, and all because "The kids will love it".
Bad Assery: Jack Sparrow was a bad ass if ever there was one. Remember that scene where he holds Elizabeth Swan as a hostage, gets his gear back, Says "This will be the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow", then escapes in an impossible yet bad ass way? That was awesome! That was him letting us know "Yeah, i'm funny, but i'll take a hostage and use her...yes, her as a human shield to escape danger. And among all of this, the one thing he has been pining for is to shoot and kill his former first mate to get his ship back. Everything else came 2nd to him. He was a man with a plan, and he was the chess master moving the pieces into place to achieve his goal.
Secondary character: Captain Jack Sparrow was one man in a multi character story, and and that's where he fit best. With not making Jack Sparrow the lead, they were free to keep his character in a grey area between hero and villain. He was a perfect rogue character. Without allegiance except to himself, manipulative, cunning, funny, and smart. He was like i've said before a modern day Han Solo. He wasn't the main character, but he stole the spotlight. In every Pirates movie after that, Jack Sparrow was the main character. He didn't have to steal the spotlight, it was already given to him. Jack Sparrow clearly stole the show the first time around, so the sequels came about because of him, and thus they revolved around him, but the one thing that is worse than not having enough of a good thing is having too much of it. Making Jack Sparrow the main character made the whole thing feel forced. Making him the main character, and taking away much of his wit and cunning that made him great in the first movie was a double negative. And movies are not like multiplication; two negatives do not equel a positive.
In the end, jack Sparrow was a man's man, and a ladies man. Women wanted him and Guys wanted to be him. He was in control, he was smart, he knew it and he was funny. But his humor was not to be mistaken for weakness. If you made that mistake, you would relinquish control of the situation to Captain Jack Sparrow. But the sequels made him comic relief and too much of it. He cowers in fear, yelps in fright, and runs from opposition. Maybe it's because he wasn't fighting for anything worth fighting for after he got the Pearl back, but if that be the case, i'd prefer he perpetually chase the Pearl for 4 straight movies.