CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides" will the franchise continue?

On a lighter note, **Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides** had the strongest opening of any movie released in 2011. Currently playing at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX Theater, this Walt Disney Studios franchise opens strong but fades towards a philosophical climax involving the Fountain of Youth. Given Florida's connection to the Fountain of Youth in Saint Augustine, much local lore could have been included in this salty tale.

Given the complexity of the original trilogy, **On Stranger Tides** takes a minimalist approach and keeps the focus on Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Taken prisoner by the Royal Court of King George III (Richard Griffiths), Captain Jack is reunited with an old allay Joshamine Gibb (Kevin McNally ) and his arch nemesis, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

Captain Jack escapes and eventually swabs the deck of the Queen Ann's Revenge, a voodoo en chanced ship Captained by the notorious Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Having survived his beheading in the Carolinas, Blackbeard is on a quest for eternal life by drinking from the Fountain of Youth.

Lacking the charisma of Captains Davy Jones and Barbossa , Blackbeard is a disappointing villain. Blackbeard's saving grace is that he has a beautiful daughter (Penelope Cruz ). a swashbuckling former nun whose youth was corrupted by one, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Whether dancing a tango or sword fighting, the chemistry of Depp and Cruz keep **On Stranger Tides** afloat.
Given the last shot of the post credits sequence, expect **Pirates 5** to continue the relationship between Angelica and Captain Jack. Expect Geoffrey Rush to return, because the on screen feud between Barbossa and Captain Jack is fun to watch. Hopefully **Pirates of the Caribbean 5** will include more time on deck and less time being land locked
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