Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides review

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides review

By Emma Knock

Johnny Depp reprises his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in one of the most anticipated sequels of the year – Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Sadly, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley will not be joining in on the swashbuckling adventure this time, but as long as Johnny Depp is there- does it really matter?

This time around, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) gets a blast from the past in the form of Angelica (Cruz) and he is not sure whether it is love or if she is conning him in order to find the mythological fountain of youth that he is in search of.

When Angelica forces him to board the infamous Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Captain Jack finds himself on a rather unexpected adventure and Barbossa and Jack embark upon a quest to find the elusive fountain, but all is not as it seems when they discover that they are not the only ones looking for it.

I know there are some sceptics out there who will be wondering why on earth Disney are doing yet another film and how they are going to make it ‘different’. Well, to answer that – it is going to be in 3D. I have always wanted to be a pirate and I am pretty sure this is the closest I will ever get, so I for one will not be missing this.

It is somewhat of a shame that the entire original cast could not join Jack and Barbossa, but you will not be disappointed with the all-star cast that producer Jerry Bruckheimer has pulled out of his sleeve: Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Ward and more. Fictional legends such as Blackbeard, Ferdinand VI of Spain, George II of Great Britain and John Carteret will also be joining in on Jack’s latest delve into the unknown.

The location of the film also sets this sequel apart from the others, as opposed to being shot primarily in the Caribbean; On Stranger Tides was mostly produced in Hawaii. ‘Pirates of Hawaii’ does not quite have the same ring does it? It will also be the first film in the series not to be shot by Gore Verbinski, with Rob Marshall taking over the role of director.

If you are thinking to yourself that the plot seems a little familiar, then you might be right. The screenplay draws inspiration from the novel On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, which incidentally also inspired the game The Secret of Monkey Island (I used to play that ALL the time as a kid).


Release date: May 18


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