Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides!!!

The rum-loving, swashbuckler pirate that everyone loves is back and unfortunately duller than ever. Captain Jack Sparrow portrayed by the ever so brilliant three time Academy Award Nominee Johnny Depp is back for another appearance in the 4th installment of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ stars Depp, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush, and Penelope Cruz and is directed by Rob Marshall.
The film focuses on the legendary fountain of youth, and how Capt. Jack Sparrow is desperately seeking its location. But, unfortunately he is not alone in this glorious quest. Both Barbossa (Rush) and Blackbeard (McShane) have their own expedition to find the notorious fountain and the beautiful, feisty Angelica (Cruz) has her own agenda as well. Can Captain Jack Sparrow discover the fountain before it’s too late??

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ was a major disappointment. The film didn’t obtain humor, heart, and most of all magic, which to be honest only the first film encompassed. The first three films were fun and quite comical, but of course none of the ‘Pirates’ films will live up to the very first one. This film, lacked comedy all together, which was rather unfortunate because even though the last two were not that great, they at least garnered humor.

The acting was decent, but the characters were not enchanting enough to care for. Penelope Cruz’s character, Angelica, was somewhat irritating and there was really not much to Angelica for anyone to be enthralled with. Both McShane and Rush delivered fine performances; their characters were intimidating but not very interesting at all. The only character that anyone wants to witness is Captain Jack Sparrow, and although Johnny Depp is amazing as the eminent pirate, after seeing the character through now four films Jack has grown old, tired, and outplayed.

The story line was dull, with the entire film centering on a fountain and who will catch it first was somewhat frustrating. In order for the fountain to work, someone must obtain several random items for it to actually work its magic. So, of course all of the characters have to fight and strive to garner these items which can get slightly annoying after awhile. One aspect of the film, which was quite intriguing, was that of the mermaid storyline. The mermaids were strong, fierce and beautiful, but incredibly dangerous. One of the random items for the fountain to work was a mermaid’s tear, and obtaining that tear was really captivating. That part of the film was interesting and fresh, compared to the rest of the overplayed feature. I loved the mermaids I thought they were unique and added so much to the film!
I highly recommend this to a young audience, but not too young because some parts are a little scary and gory for small children. Also, don't spend the extra dough on 3D, it's not worth it at all. If you have seen 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' please share your thoughts and comments without giving too much away!!!

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