Mermaids and zombies and Blackbeard, oh my!!!
While I may not feel that this is the best of the POTC series, it’s certainly not the worst either.
Click on past the break and I’ll give you my full review.
I think at this point it’s safe to say that there’s definitely a formula at work for the POTC movies if you haven’t already figured this out for yourself, I’ll give you my take (mixed in with my review) below.
1. Johnny Depp – Easily one of Hollywood’s (and definitely Disney’s) most bankable actors. Depp has been a box office magnet for Disney ever since 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Funny thing is that besides the four POTC films the only other Disney film (yet) that he’s been in was 2010’s Alice in Wonderland (as The Mad Hatter). Depp will take the reins (pun intended) of yet another Disney flick as Tonto in 2013’s The Lone Ranger.
Let’s face facts here, Depp made an iconic character in his portrayal of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. The character’s writing is also a bit of genius. Like Bruce Willis’s character of John McClane in the Die Hard films, Sparrow makes us ask the question “How many times can one man get into so many unbelievable situations and still come out on top?” Where I may not have seen it before, it became evidently clear to me in watching this movie how Sparrow IS actually planning his escape out of a precarious scenario, even though it may not seem like it at the time. Just watch how he escapes from the palace of King George if you need further proof of that. Depp makes Sparrow who he is and does an outstanding job of doing it.
2. The “prize” – In this case of this film, the prize is The Fountain of Youth. The King’s army, led by converted “former” pirate Hector Barbossa, the Spanish armada and the infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard are all after the fountain. It’s a test of who can get there (or even find it) first, who can outsmart the others, and who’s double-crossing (Hello…Pirate!) whom.
3. Larger than life characters and their magical abilities – In the first POTC there was a curse that made the Black Pearl’s crew undead until Cortez’s cursed gold was all returned to its chest. In the second film we had Davy Jones with his ability to enslave the nearly dead into service aboard the magical Flying Dutchman. In the third film, Jones was back and we were introduces to the goddess Calypso (who gave Jones his charge in the first place). Now we are introduced to the pirate Blackbeard (a.k.a. William Teach) who has some magical abilities of his own. Blackbeard carries a sword which gives him the ability to take unusual control over his (and other’s) ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Just by drawing his sword and gesturing with it, he can make the ropes, riggings and sails of the ship come to life to do his will. He can also move the entire ship itself with the sword’s magic. Magic is a huge part of the POTC formula.
Overall, I found this to be a pretty good addition to the POTC films. While there’s not a lot in the way of extras on the disc there’s a virtual treasure trove of bonus features to be had in the Disney Second Screen app for the movie. Second Screen promises exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, Fountain of Youth mythology, an extensive look at mermaids, bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, and much more.
Rated PG-13 (Not Recommended for Young Children & Frightening Scenes)