Making a fourth sequel to any successful movie franchise is always fraught with character development and storyline issues that hinder the ability to recreate the initial magic that made the first movie a Hollywood blockbuster.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides also had to contend with original characters played by Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley not in the cast as well as a new director in Rob Marshall whose most prominent movie to date was Chicago back in 2002.
The plot of Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 starts with an opening sequence where some Spanish fishermen catch in their nets a man grasping what he claims is a map location for the Fountain Of Youth, so the Spanish crown sends 3 ships to investigate this discovery.
Pirates 4 quickly comes to life in Olde London town where one of Captain Jacks men (Gibbs) is on trial wrongly accused of being the notorious pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. In true Depp pirate style our hero nobbles the judge and takes his place in the courtroom packed with onlookers screaming for the accused to be hanged.
Captain Jack has other ideas and the two think they have bribed and cheated their way to freedom only to find themselves at the mercy of King George II as his men paid a higher bribe.
The king is aware of the Spanish expedition and he knows Captain Jack has knowledge of the location of the fountain of youth and wants to recruit him.
But again Jack has other ideas and in true swashbuckling style he engineers his escape by swinging off chandeliers and shimmying down ropes before landing on a horse drawn carriage where an epic chase ensues through the cobbled streets of London town.
After failing to recruit the services of Jack Sparrow the king despatches one of Jacks old foes the pirate turncoat Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), commanding a British naval vessel to locate the fountain before the Spanish.
Jack finds his way to a London den of inequity called The Captains Daughter Pub where he hears of a rumour that someone is impersonating him to recruit a crew. The name of the pub is significant as he finds the movies' love interest Angelica (Penelope Cruz) is the imposter and she shanghais' Jack onto the Queen Anne's Revenge that is captained by the notorious Blackbeard, the father of Angelica.
The chemistry between Jack and Angelica is evident throughout and the viewer inevitably finds that she is an old flame that Jack once loved and dumped in true pirate fashion.
Blackbeard has his own designs on also finding the fountain of youth as he is in fear of a prophecy predicting his demise inside two weeks at the hands of a peg legged pirate, Barbossa.
With all three interested parties chasing the same goal it leads to an epic race for the ultimate prize with a series of battles and various skullduggery engaged by all parties to gain an advantage.
These were the early scenes in London, Blackbeards appearance where his ship the Queen Annes Revenge comes alive and the mermaid scene.
The mermaid scene was not only memorable for its visual effects as Disney moved away from the sweetness and nice portrayal to a more historically accurate view of mermaids as seducers of men who will kill you if your intentions are not good, which is bad news for just about everybody in this movie.
Pirates 4 is an entertaining movie that will be enjoyed by many cinema goers and although it is an improvement on Pirates 3 it did not surpass the quality exuded by the first two Pirates movies.
Yes, Captain Jack Sparrow is back to his old swashbuckling camp ways as he crosses swords with just about everybody in his own droll and calamitous style.
I watched this movie in 3D and although there was a certain depth to most of the movie there were only 3 scenes that made it worthwhile to see in this format.
Pirates Of The Caribbean 4
Pirates4 Image taken from posters at GSC Queensbay by Michael Joseph
Pirates4 photo taken from posters at GSC Queensbay by Michael Joseph
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Captain Jack Sparrow is back to his old swashbuckling camp ways as he crosses swords with just about everybody in his own droll and calamitous style.
Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 is an entertaining movie that will be enjoyed by many cinema goers and although it is an improvement on Pirates 3 it did not surpass the quality exuded by the first two Pirates movies.
Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 @ GSC Queensbay Mall:
Golden Screen Cinema, Queensbay Mall,
Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 - What You Should Know
Running Time: 2 hours 17 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Distributor: Mova and Walt Disney Studios
Directed By: Rob Marshall
Written By: Ted Elliott, Tim Powers, Terry Rossio
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Casting: Lucy Bevan
Trivial Fact: Penelope Cruz was pregnant during filming
POTC - Cast
Captain Jack Sparrow: Johnny Depp
Angelica: Penelope Cruz
Blackbeard: Ian McShane
Barbossa: Geoffrey Rush
Gibbs: Kevin McNally
Phillip: Sam Claflin
Syrena: Astrid Berges-Frisbey
Scrum: Stephen Graham
Captain Teague: Keith Richards
King George: Richard Griffiths
Groves Greg Ellis: Idris Elba
Gillette: Damian O'Hare
The Spaniard: Óscar Jaenada
GSC Queensbay Information
Seating Capacity: 1512
Sound System: SDDS, DTS, SRD
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes, all 8 halls
Reservation Available: Yes, for GSC members online and at the Queensbay GSC box office
Seating: Gold Class, Premier Class and Normal Class
3D Available: Yes