Friday, May 20, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Jack Sparrow On Stranger Tides

By now you all realize that we are big pirate fans in my house, so I loaded my crew into our vessel this morning and set sail for the local AMC Theater to catch a morning showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. The adventure opens up with someone impersonating our dear Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) in the city of London. Puzzled by his own acclaim, our favorite pirate goes looking for the nefarious imposter gathering a crew under his name. Along the way we meet a Privateer Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and get fabulous cameo appearances by Dame Judy Dench and Keith Richards, before actually setting sail for strange waters.

This was the first film that I have seen in Real3D, and I must admit that the 3D effects were sharp and clear. If you haven’t yet caught a film in this format due to a previous distaste for 3D, it’s worth giving the new technology a try. I applaud the director for not overusing gimmicky “out of the screen” shots, none the less, I’m not sure that I got any benefit from the 3D format. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is a great action adventure no matter what format it would be seen in. For those who love chases, sword fighting, and explosions you should go straight to the theater and buy your tickets.

The lovely pirate princess Angelica (Penélope Cruz) forces him aboard the mystical “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Edward Teach, otherwise known and feared as Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he reluctantly admits his love, or at least a fabulous time with in Seville. I adored Ian McShane's portrayal of the legand and villain, it was a perfect casting. The chemistry between Jack and Angelica is supposed to border somewhere between love and hate, and for me fell a little short in passion. Taking off across the seas to find the fountain of youth (the location in which the fountain was supposed to be was never reveled) the pirate crew is in a race for the prize of immortality against both the Spanish and Privateer Barbosa.

There was some nuance of the plot around Blackbeard that was left open that left me wanting for more information. I look forward to the DVD release with the hope of filling in some of the more mystical blanks. How did Blackbeard turn his crew into zombies? Where did his powers come from? What story is behind all of the ships in bottles? How exactly is one “saved” by a mermaid? Did all of this just end up on the cutting room floor, or have we been set up for yet another installment in my favorite franchise?

Lovers of action and adventure will not be disappointed in this movie, seekers of romance will find enough love stories to go around, the mermaids entrance and seduce the sailor crew. What I seemed to miss however was laugh out loud fun. Though I enjoyed myself emmensly, many of the jokes and much of the “Jack-ness” seemed just a little forced to me. It wasn’t until the final scene (which may very well be my favorite scene out of any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) that I truly had that fabulous laugh.

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P.S. Those who wait for through the credits are once again rewarded! Yo ho yo ho a pirates life for me!

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  1. Hi, I didn't stay until the end of the credits...can you tell me what happened in the final scene?