Can anything keep Captain Jack Sparrow down? Well, as long as Johnny Depp plays the offbeat pirate of the high seas, as he does in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
, the answer is "Not bloody likely, mate!" This fourth installment of the Pirates
franchise is jolly good fun--nearly as good as the first one, in fact. The writing is crisp, the action amazing--and there's the addition of a foe finally the match of Captain Jack: Ian McShane as the dreaded, and dreadful, Blackbeard. McShane seems to be having as much fun as Depp, and that's saying something--channeling his dastardly character on Deadwood
but keeping his epithets rated PG-13. Adding to the festivities is the winsome Penélope Cruz, as Angelica, a woman with a past entwined with Jack Sparrow's. Angelica now might be a fearsome pirate herself--or maybe just a cunning con artist tugging at Sparrow's heartstrings.
The action in On Stranger Tides centers on the quest to find the legendary Fountain of Youth in the Americas. But the plot, of course, is incidental in the Pirates films. From the earliest scenes, it's clear the action, and Depp's winking at the camera, are the stars. Captain Jack stages a giant food fight in front of the King of England, culminating in a chandelier scene worthy of The Phantom of the Opera, and he's off at a gallop. Along for the ride are previous cast members Geoffrey Rush (who's sold out and is now an unctuous representative of His Majesty's Navy); loyal sidekick Kevin McNally, who narrowly escapes a death sentence, and then celebrates by leaping on board Captain Jack's fraught mission; and Keith Richards as Jacky's dad, who speaks few words, but wise ones. There are even zombie pirates, and a mysterious mermaid. Pirates of the Caribbean isn't suitable for viewers under 8 or so, because it's dark and intense in spots, but otherwise, it's a rollicking good popcorn film. --A.T. Hurley
From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer come all the fun, epic adventure and humor 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 (Penelope 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 whom to fear more -- Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall, it's filled with eye-popping action, mystery and all-out wit. Complete with bonus features, this is one thrilling journey you won't want to end.---------
Disney et le producteur Jerry Bruckheimer font renaître le plaisir, l'aventure et l'humour par lesquels tout a commencé. Johnny Depp reprend son rôle de Jack Sparrow dans PIRATES DES CARAÏBES: LA FONTAINE DE JOUVENCE, un récit où la vérité côtoie la trahison, la jeunesse, la mort...et même des sirènes! Quand Sparrow retrouve sur sa route un visage familier (Penelope Cruz), il ignore s'il a affaire à une femme amoureuse ou à une arnaqueuse sans vergogne qui ne chereche qu'à se servir de lui pour trouver la légendaire Fontaine de Jouvence. Embarqué de force sur le navire du pirate le plus redouté de tous les temps, Jack ne sait trop qui est plus à craindre: Barbe Noire (Ian McShane) ou cette femme surgie de son passé. Réalisé par Rob Marshall, voici un voyage palpitant, plein d'esprit, d'intrigues époustouflantes, de mystères et de toute une cargaison de suppléments, que vous voudriez ne jamais voir prendre fin.