Friday, May 20, 2011

Cool VS Stool - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Jack Sparrow looks better with the new boob-job.
How could Disney get people to spend money to see yet another Pirates of the Caribbean film? Give them what they want, another Jack Sparrow; but this time, can he have luscious lips and a great rack?

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Bad Boys II) unleashed his latest addition to the Pirates franchise this week. Unlike the "Kraken" unleashed in the previous two films, the 4th addition to the saga keeps the conflict focused and coherent from beginning to end. An end that doesn't come until an exhausting 137 minutes after it begins.

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is at it again. This time in search of the fountain of youth. This time he is accompanied by a female version of himself (figuratively speaking), Angelica, played by the busty Penelope Cruz (Blow). Crowd favorites: Captain Barbosa (Jeffery Rush, The King's Speech), First Mate Gibbs (Kevin McNally), and Captain Teague (Keith Richards) also join in the adventure. However, this time the antagonist is the infamous Black Beard, played by Ian McShane (44 Inch Chest, Kung Fu Panda).

While the writers for this film have obviously switched to decaf (from meth) after the last two Pirates films, and it does tell a complete story, I wish I was telling you how different this film was than the first Pirates movie. But it's not.

Bruckheimer's formula (franchised characters + CGI + (action x comedy) + compelling score) works with the Pirates saga -according to the box office- even though it hasn't worked with other films (Prince of Persia). I wonder how long people will keep buying in to the same film over and over. I've already seen Jack Sparrow drunkenly running from soldiers and swinging on ropes. I guess audiences are to believe that by adding mermaids and a few tongue and cheek innuendos it's something new and exciting.

See this film if you enjoyed Pirates of the Caribbean: At Word's End, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, or The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Cool VS Stool Rating: Stool

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