Cert: 12 A Runtime: 137 mins Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham
There’ll be dangers along the way… firstly mermaids, zombies… Blackbeard
Yet again the world has gone Pirate crazy with the release of Pirated of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, many people have criticized Walt Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer for bringing the much-loved series back after the third installment World’s End. Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have not returned, and are replaced by Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Sam Claflin. Rather unknown actors but I guess if Jerry Bruckheimer chose them I’m sure they have a purpose. Also we see that Gore Verbinksi has left the franchise and is replaced by Rob Marshall director of Chicago. Captain Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp) returns marooned in London in search of a ship, and pursued by local authorities who he makes little serious effort to avoid. Hearing that an impostor Sparrow is auditioning pirate recruits at a seaside bar, he seeks out the interloper only to discover his spitfire former lover Angelica (Penélope Cruz), disguised as him After some requisite sword-clashing, Angelica kidnaps Sparrow and ferries him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, lorded over by Angelica’s (maybe) father, Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Commanding a crew composed of stray pirates and hulking zombies.Blackbeard enlists Sparrow to help him locate the fountain of youth, which becomes an especially urgent task after a prophecy foretells Blackbeard’s imminent death at the hands of a one-legged man.Meanwhile, Sparrow’s rival Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), now conveniently one-legged, has bid farewell to his pirate’s life, and seeks the fountain on behalf of the King of England, who is keen to find it before a rival crew sent by the King of Spain can claim it for themselves. As the three parties converge on the fountain’s jungle location, they must also deal with a ravenous horde of vampire mermaids, from whom a single tear must be procured to drink the fountain’s waters.
Firstly it is a very solid Pirates film, it is what it is. I will criticize it had large chunks where I couldn’t stop yawning, but at the same time you are constantly wondering what is going to happen next. For me Depp carries the film yet again with his stupidity and clumsiness, which is his bread and butter in these films. Penélope Cruz was a rather weak leading women, she had balls. But a romantic link with Sparrow wasn’t that realistic, it didn’t feel real. Obviously she will be returning for Pirates 5. Yet again gotta love Barbossa, he seems to have changed to start off with, but my God he couldn’t kick his old habits. Ian McShane also made a very good pirate, Blackbeard to me seems to be more vicious but the Disney version makes him a bit more calm (which is a shame, you always need a blood thirsty Pirate). I didn’t watch this film in 3-D by choice, as I believe 3-D will kill normal cinema. The sets and scenery yet again fantastic, you can’t fault that. Even though many critics have faulted this film it did make $ 90 million in its opening weekend, regardless of the film. Pirates of the Caribbean will always flock to the cinema.