Movie Review : Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides



Encounter mermaids, zombies, and Blackbeard on May 20

By Cassandra Hsiao

On Stranger Tides in Disney Digital 3D™

Rated: PG-13

Opens: Friday, May 20, 2011

Running Time: 141 min

When Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sails into theaters this May 20, it won’t start on a pirate ship, or in the Caribbean. In fact, it starts in London.

Actor Johnny Depp returns to the symbolic role of Jack Sparrow—ahem, Captain Jack Sparrow—as he makes his exit out of London in a dynamic escape, only to find himself on the ship of legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Jack soon finds himself on an unexpected journey and race to the Fountain of Youth.

Pirate fans will be hit with fresh spray of seawater—the unfathomable Angelica (Penelope Cruz) is the first female pirate to be included in the series. She is every bit as tricky and cunning as Jack, so perhaps Jack has finally found his equal.

When she forces him onto the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s ship, Jack must outwit Blackbeard, sly Angelica, deadly zombies, and a cunning mermaid.

Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Jack’s comrade Joshamee Gibbs. New characters include British actor Sam Claflin as young Phillip, a missionary, and French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey as the mystifying, alluring mermaid.

There are stunning visuals in this film, and I caught my breath in wonder at the beautiful Fountain of Youth. A fight scene between Captain Jack and Barbossa on an unbalanced ship protruding from a high cliff is simply thrilling. It kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

The film was also witty, with the humorous dialogue and swashbuckling antics of Jack Sparrow and the pirates. Some of the dialogue is garbled or hard to catch due to the half-dozen different accents in the movie.

The plot gives the audience a series of unexpected turns and twists. This fourth film of the Pirates franchise is less gory and disturbing than the other three. The only thing that may be disturbing to younger viewers is the concept of the mermaids.

These are not the mermaids of Disney’s Little Mermaid. These mermaids are beautiful women on land, but at the same time vile creatures underwater, doing whatever it takes to seduce the pirates. Parents need to know that there are a few scenes that could be intense and downright scary for younger viewers.

All of the Pirates movies have been rated PG-13, which is intended for older audiences who can tell the difference between fantasy and reality. The mermaid scene was quite alarming, and there were some points when I couldn’t bear to watch. On the other hand, I was amazed by the depth of character that Astrid Berges-Frisbey brought to Syrena, the main mermaid in the movie.

In my opinion, the best part of the film is the characters themselves. Angelica is full of contradictions. She is manipulative, wily, and devious, yet she has another side of her that is fair and kind. Jack Sparrow is once again bold and daring, having plenty of pirate in him. The feeling is certainly contagious.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Disney Digital 3D will sail you through the high seas of the Caribbean to the Fountain of Youth. Who will attain the magical potion that just takes one sip to eternal life? Will Jack be the one who lives forever? Start sailing with the pirates on Friday, May 20, 2011 to find out!

Check out Kid Reporter Cassandra Hsiao’s video coverage on the black carpet at the Disneyland premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides!Also, find out what was happening on the black carpet and who else this Kid Reporter talked to! @Scholastic, INC First Published at http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3756202

Sam Claflin (Philip)

Penelope Cuz (Angelica) by Getty Image

 


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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on May 18, 2011, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. That was really cool! I didn’t really know what this one was about, but now I do know more. My family is going to see it in El Capitan Theater next Saturday!

    Once again, keep up the great work, can’t wait to see more! :D

    -Kaity

  2. Wow! Thank you! I continually wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a part of your post to my website?

    • You’re welcome!!! Sure, just remember to site my blog just like this: First Published at @https://starraptureblog.wordpress.com/. ^.^ I also used to find it hard to blog continuously, but then I realized you can blog your everyday activities. When I watch movies or read books, I can write reviews. I also blog my experiences and vacations. Good luck blogger!!! :P

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