Although the films are beloved, the general consensus is that the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, At World's End (2007), is...questionable at best. Despite the litany of reasons one could argue that this film was Not That Good, the iconic rain-soaked wedding of Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner is not one of them. Quite the opposite, it's one of the few aspects of the movie that most viewers can't complain about.
Since the dawn of mainstream entertainment, women have been outliers in film. A study done by Dr. Martha Lauzen revealed that women held only 30 percent of all speaking parts in the top 100 grossing films of 2014. Even when women are given larger parts, they are often cast within a small pool of roles, rarely reaching beyond the supportive wife, or the object of sexual desire for the male protagonist—and the male audience. Although many film studios continue to pump out content whose messages about women are questionable at best, not all portrayals of women are harmful.
So, Sweden. A nation of 10 million people, a fine country located in Scandinavia, known for their vast coastline, dense forest area, free tuition….oh, and their fish. Now I’m not talking “the pet goldfish your parents gave you when you were 9” or the tuna you microwaved for lunch in the staffroom today (your coworkers hate you for that, by the way, jerk move), no way, this is the real deal. I’m talking about Swedish Fish. Has there ever been a type of fish that doesn’t pale in comparison to the artificially flavoured, cavity creating deliciousness that are Swedish Fish? The answer is, of course, no. This just one example of the many things that just might make Sweden the greatest country in the world.