Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides Movie Review


This upcoming movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth in the Pirates franchise, is a 3D adventure that’s going to be a huge hit for Disney. A new villain, Blackbeard (played by Ian McShane) has been added and Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush make this a terrific summer movie and probably the best of the four Pirates movies. In this installment Captain Jack Sparrow is searching for the Fountain of Youth. It’s hoped that this smart combo of adventure, comedy, and action will spawn another trilogy as, movie forums say, it will light up box offices all over the world.

By the end of the first trilogy, that centered around Will Turner, played by Orlando Bloom, and Elizabeth Swann, played by Keira Knightly, had petered out. Screenwriters Tedd Elliott and Terry Rossio, as well as Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and, of course, Disney, were left with the challenge of trying to make a fourth movie fresh without losing that which made the franchise so successful. They, of course, wanted Depp back in his role as Jack Sparrow. In new movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides he’s joined by A list actors who complement his talents.

Things in this new movie release are the same as he’s still searching for the Black Pearl but now he’s looking for new action as well. First he gets his old mate, played by Kevin McNally, out of the gallows, and learns about the existence of a map to find the Fountain of Youth. Then he runs into an old girlfriend, Angelica, played by Cruz. Cruz plays a con-artist looking for revenge. Jack Sparrow and Angelica spar but she still brings him onto her ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, because she needs his help. This ship just happens to be the ship of Blackbeard. Angelica claims to be Blackbeard’s daughter and Sparrow discovers that he is pitted against the famous pirate. Geoffrey Rush, playing Captain Barbarossa, is also searching for the Black Pearl. There’s even a young missionary, named Phillip Swift (played by Sam Claffin) who’s out to clean up Blackbeard but falls for a beautiful mermaid named Syrena, who’s played by Astrid Berges-Frisbey. Capturing her becomes a big part of the search for the Fountain of Youth.

This is a huge movie picture. This fourth movie is also the first time that Rob Marshall brings some lyrical action to the craziness, relying on his movie musical background – he’s known for “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and “Nine.” The tech team is terrific and fight scenes flow like musical numbers. Production design, cinematography, visual effects, and the score by Hans Zimmer are top of the line.

Depp is terrific. Cruz sizzles as his on-screen partner. McShane is wonderfully evil in his role as Blackbeard, and Rush is a scene-stealer. Everyone will love Kevin McNally in his role as Gibbs. Judi Dench even has a very quick cameo as a mixed up member of societies elite. Don’t miss “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”


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