It is, indeed, a pirate’s life for me.
(Victor Valley)– Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides said into theaters this past weekend, leaving a wave of broken records as it pulled into port. But was the latest installment of Jack Sparrow’s adventure worthy of its name?
The film looked like a gamble to many: Gone is Director Gore Verbinski, as well as stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. This film introduces Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha) to the franchise, as well as actors Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane. Of course, the gem of the films, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), is front and center, but was this film enough to overcome all the change?
I wholeheartedly say “Yes”! The film brings a freshness that we haven’t seen in the POTC films since the initial release. Many of the bogged down subplots are gone, leaving the audience to enjoy this film for the joy it is. The film puts everyone’s favorite captain on a journey for the fabled fountain of youth. But he is not the only one seeking it: Barbosa (Jeffery Rush) has his own reasons, as does the feared Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his first mate/”daughter” Angelica, who happens to be a woman from Sparrow’s sorted past. Also on this mythical trail are the Spaniards. But the road to the fountain is riddled with magic, violence and mermaids: and these are not the kind of mermaids you would want to have a chat with. The action is present tenfold, with escapes, sword fights and a Jack vs Jack throw down. The showdown battles at the end are massive and satisfying, and the growth in our good captain is evident as the closing scenes roll.
All in all, this is my new favorite Pirates of the Caribbean flick. It shows that the franchise is strong and ready to break new ground. Oh, and stay till after the credits…