Review: Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides (2011)

| 17 May , 2011 | 3 Replies

Keeva Stratton

Directed by: Rob Marshall
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Gemma Ward, Judith Dench, Keith Richards

Few series have captured the imagination and conjured up a jaunty sea-spirit as the much-beloved Pirates of the Caribbean series. Though it seems hard to believe that an adaptation of a fairground ride could produce four blockbuster films, it would appear that the treacherous tales of Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) have some how managed to swash our buckles with the thrilling lure of high-seas adventure once again.

This time without Bloom and Knightley, as respective side-kick and seductress, a refreshed cast has been compiled, which features Penelope Cruz as the enigmatic, yet boisterous beauty Angelica, as well as the much awaited return to the silver screen of Perth\’s wide-eyed supermodel stunner, Gemma Ward. Combine with this a delicious cameo from Dame Judy Dench and the familiar faces of Geoffrey Rush as the much-maligned Barbossa and Ian McShane as Blackbeard, and you have a cast fit for some pirate-esque panache.

Kidnapped and without his beloved ship, Sparrow soon finds himself under the thumb of the terrifying Blackbeard, in a race against the British and Spanish Navy, to find the fountain of youth. To win his freedom, as well as the affections of Angelica, he will have to withstand mutiny, mermaids and mad-capped adventure, to make it to the fountain of youth alive.

The script-writing combo of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio ought to be applauded for some wickedly brilliant lines. When Sparrow asks his dad if he\’s ever been to the fountain of youth, a slightly bemused Keith Richards, as Captain Teague, delivers a sumptuous response that will delight in its recollection time and time again.

As with each of the films, the CGI effects are also entrancing, shown off by the majestic mermaids who, led by Gemma Ward, are definitely aesthetically befitting of their legendary status. It\’s an almost teasing return by Ward, but it will no doubt be the first of many as she re-establishes herself in the public eye.

Much like the Harry Potter series, a true delight of the Pirates films is their ability to deliver time and time again with such a magical sense of adventure. This outburst of imagination is wonderfully captured through the acting greatness of Depp, Dench and Rush, as well as providing a generous share of titillating cameos that tickle the pop-culture fancy, like those of Keith Richards and Gemma Ward.

A simple story, overflowing with wit and charm, this is a must watch for those who allow themselves to really embrace and enjoy the magic of the cinema. A fresh and fun-filled addition, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is utterly fabulous, and many will argue, the best yet.

If you haven’t seen all the promo teasers that Sassi has been posting, especially her Mermaid watch, you can check them all out here.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is in cinemas on May 19th.


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  1. bpearl says:

    I have been very lucky to have seen “On Stranger Tides” twice!! It is very funny and has the best ending of the entire series. The new characters add somthing new and it is nice to see a female pirate who is not excepting the men to fall all over her when she flutters her eye lashes.

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