“Pirates of the Caribbean” Expectedly Retreats to Familiar Tides

by Nicholas Robinson


Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love — or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. – IMDB.com

First, I would like to say that exams are over and I am back for the summer.  I shall be resurrecting my DVD, Spotlight, and Trailers of the Week columns and replacing my TV Recap column with a new column called Oscar Education which I will leave to your imaginations to speculate on what that might be.  Now back to the matter at hand.  I loved the first three Pirates movies and have watched and enjoyed them repeatedly.  However, I have always known that apart from the 1st movie, none of them really had any substance and the tradition continues.  The story in this movie was pretty average and so was the acting.  However, what this movie lacked in those it made up in action and comedy.

The story, like in the previous two Pirates movies was not the really important part of the movie.  It just existed as a means to an end, i.e. the action and comedy.  It was a pretty simple treasure hunting storyline with no real surprises anywhere in the entire movie.  Along the way Jack impersonates someone, gets arrested and double crosses everyone that he’s involved with as per usual along with expected comedic moments involving Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) and Scrum (Stephen Graham).  Basically an average story.

The acting was once again average.  Everyone was what they needed to be for the movie to work.  There were no standout performances, only characters.  Scrum played by Stephen Graham was hilarious not just because of the script but because I couldn’t help thinking of Snatch every single time I looked at him.  Ian McShane however, did not really play Blackbeard, he played himself except he spoke pirate.  Overall average acting.

Now here are the strong suits of all the movies in this series; action and comedy.  The action was very well done.  I never felt lost or confused in what was occurring in a sequence and it was in the style of all the previous movies with a lot of sword-fighting and not very many explosions and it was very good.  The comedy was brilliant as always.  Johnny Depp had perfect timing with his comments and never missed a beat.  However, my hat is tipped to Stephen Graham in a scene involving a guitar.

Overall this is a fun continuation of the series that could have definitely been better.

IMDB says 7.2/10

RT says 34%

I say 6.0/10

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~ by sputnikreviews on May 22, 2011.

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