Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides DVD|
From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes all the fun epic adventure and humour that ignited the original. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A tale of truth betrayal youth demise - and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penlope Cruz) he's not sure if it's love or if she's a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever Jack doesn't know who to fear more -Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall it's filled with eye-popping battle scenes mystery and all-out wit. Complete with a bounty of bonus features this is one thrilling journey you won't want to end.from£5.00 | RRP:
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Average Rating for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - 4 out of 5
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesKashif Ahmed
Everyone likes Johnny Depp. Even the people who don't like him, sort of like him; and I'm no exception, for Johnny Depp has been an actor I've admired since 'Platoon': Gradually won over by his memorable and idiosyncratic performances in 'Edward Scissorhands', 'Benny & Joon' and 'Arizona Dream'. Up until he became one of my favorite actors with five classic films that made him the respected artist he is today: 'Ed Wood', 'Dead Man', 'The Brave', 'Donnie Brasco' and 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. By the time 'Pirates of the Caribbean' sailed into view, Hollywood's collective timbers were still shivering in the wake of 'Cutthroat Island' (1995) with the swashbuckling pirate genre effectively thrown overboard to drown, few expected Disney's theme park ride inspired movie to become the global phenomenon it is today. Initially created as a vehicle for popular newcomers Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom, Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow stole the show, went onto headline three sequels and remains one of the most unlikely movie icons of all time.
'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' is the forth, and by no means final, installment of a saga that began in 2003. Having closed the chapter on the first three film's principal protagonists; Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom, trilogy director Gore Vibenksi dismounts the vessel as Rob Marshall ('Chicago') climbs aboard, hoists the anchor and plots a new course. Marshall isn't one of my favorite directors and I haven't seen many of his films yet based on the strength of 'Memoirs of a Geisha' (2005), it'd be unfair to label him a hack at this stage. 'POTC 4' allows him to do what the studios have wanted since the sequel and make it all about Jack Sparrow, "...that's Captain Jack Sparrow to you". And so it is: 'The British Empire' a.k.a. 'The East India Company' still prowl the high seas at war with freelance pirates who pose a threat to the corporate piracy of the crown. New allies and old adversaries clash in a quest to find the fountain of youth as Jack, not one to rest on his laurels after the Pirate Brotherhood's spectacular victory over the Empire 'At World's End', crosses paths with the dangerous Angelica Teach (Penelope Cruz), her father; the infamous Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and pirate turncoat (or is he?) Barbarossa (Geoffrey Rush) who's now sailing under The Union Jack. Add killer mermaids, imperial intrigue and a mildly amusing cameo by Judi Dench and you have what amounts to another enjoyable, albeit unjustifiably long, addition to the Pirates cannon.
Penelope Cruz is brilliant as the scheming Angelica and it was great to see Cruz and Depp back on screen together, a decade after they played husband and wife in the movie 'Blow'. Everyone else puts in a reasonably good performance and as hard as it may be to believe, you do occasionally miss Bloom and Knightley. On a par with 'POTC 3: At World's End' (the most accomplished and coherent film of the franchise) 'On Stranger Tides' has enough thrills and spills to keep you watching till the end, and with the now obligatory sequel set up and post credits scene, you can bet all your pieces of eight that the Skull & Crossbones will be raised again.
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