Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Directed by: Rob Marshall
Written by: Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, & Ian McShane

A TCC RATING OF:

As I said in my review of Fast Five, sometimes it’s okay for a movie to be light-hearted and fun. Pirates 4 is another example of one of those movies. While it does involve one plot-line that touches on a few interesting themes, the movie as a whole makes no effort to be overly dramatic or thematic. It revels in its fun and has a great energy and pace to it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow on a quest to find the fountain of youth. But as we know from the past three films, nothing is ever easy with Jack Sparrow. Also en route to the fountain are the Spanish, Blackbeard (Ian McShane), and the now-privateer Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). And since it wouldn’t be a Pirates movie without a saucy young lady, an old flame of Sparrow’s, played by Penélope Cruz, also gets involved (who, by the way, is still sexy wearing a fake moustache).

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Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 20

Diagnosis:Film-Weekend of May 20

You’ve got some Pirates this weekend and Woody Allen if you’re lucky. The rest are pretty much rental fodder if they’re even your thing. What say you? Anything look good this weekend? Sound off in the comments!

Films after the jump!
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The Title Made Me Happy, But Then I Read the Article

From Dark Horizons:

Verbinski has informed ‘Pirates’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer of the news [that he won’t be directing Pirates 4], and instead will focus on other projects. Chief amongst these is the Universal Pictures adaptation of the bestselling video game “Bioshock” which John Logan scripted as is expected to Verbinski’s next feature.

My heart went all afflutter when I read the news that Gore wasn’t going to be doing any more “Pirates” films. Considering how dumb the third film was (I mean C’MON people!! Jack Sparrow, the enigma of the seven seas, has a FREAKIN’ DADDY?!?!?!) this bit of news brought endless joy to me. That is, until I continued reading the post and found out that they were still doing a fourth “Pirates” film, just without the esteemed director.

What the fuck, Bruck?! If the director who made this series popular is leaving to make a video game movie, there’s a good chance that he sees that the series doesn’t have much more steam left and is jumping ship (har har, me hearties, a pun!). Feel free to disagree in the comments.