Last weekend I intended to go and see Priest and share a review of it but 3D movies make me want to vomit so you and I both missed out. Me on vomiting during Priest from nausea and you on my very non professional take on film. J Today Pirates of the Caribbean 4 on Stranger Tides has hit theatres and like a good movie fanatic I ran right out to check it out. I have been undecided for some time on whether the movie is just another cash grab or if Jerry Bruckheimer and Rob Marshall would deliver on another fun fantasy adventure about Pirate life. I quickly reminded myself studios make movies for money not fans and that this like every other movie made is a cash grab but is it a cash grab that we wont mind parting with our money for.
In Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley do not return but frankly are also not missed as this go around Penelope Cruz joins the cast as Jack Sparrow’s old flame and Blackbeard’s daughter and Ian McShane is in as Blackbeard. I am a huge fan of Penelope Cruz not only is she incredibly talented but she is drop dead gorgeous and has a sultry accent to boot. She proves that the current trend of airheads with ‘nice tits and great teeth’ ( can you name the director who said that recently? ) is unnecessary. You can still find a gorgeous actress whether they are under 30 or not that can act and do much more then be a hood ornament for your movie. If there is one thing that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has brought its some strong new characters and it’s true to form great acting. The casting is spot on the acting is well done and the story, its not horrible is all I can fairly give it for a movie that was clearly conceived to bleed the stone dry.
The movie starts out somewhat blasé and frankly some of the action scenes looked ripped right out of the first movie including an early less then climatic sword fight scene. I am a huge fan of the first two Pirates of the Caribbean films and found the third film to be luke warm. Unfortunately although it’s not a bad movie Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is also pretty luke warm to me. It is neither unique or needed and comes off as a last stab attempt for Disney to milk more money from a movie franchise based on a children’s ride in an amusement park. Even with the addition of Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz and some new elements I found alot of the nostalgia factor gone and at times was looking at my watch.
The first half of the film is slow and at times boring but it does compensate with some great momentum towards the end and new elements including zombies, the vicious Blackbeard, mermaids and the incredibly hot and talented Penelope Cruz… did I mention her yet? The onscreen dynamic between Ian Mcshane, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp is definitely a highlight as is the twists in the end as the pirates and privateers finally find the fountain of youth. Unfortunately it cannot completely overcome the under thought action sequences and the many moments where I found it hard to connect with the scenes and the characters.
Overall Pirates of the Caribbean is on ok film but not a great film that is to disturbing for small children ( killer mermaids, zombies and lots of decapitated pirates ) and it’s a bit low rent for more mature film goers . I give the movie a 6.5 out of 10. But more importantly what did you think of it?