Pirates of the Carribean – On Stranger Tides

Magical moments Aplenty!

What truly drives Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp would remind me that I missed to address him as Captain)? Is it the treasure itself or is it the DISCOVERY of the treasure that drives him? “I’ll be a Pirate! Savvy, that’s who I’ll be” says Jack before the end-credits begin to roll. He doesn’t just fight, there is a chase sequence added to the fight, where the ground beneath is constantly slipping or moving away! He keeps you at the edge of your seat and at the same time keeps the humor bell ringing!

“Mermaids”, “The Fountain of Youth”, “Black Magic” these are concepts that you don’t hear on the street everyday. Which is why you need to escape to an IMAX screen to experience them in a larger-than-life screen and feel lost. This is what makes the fourth version of the Pirates venture more watchable. Directed by Rob Marshall, this version does not have the un-necessary ship-wars, no dirty looking sailors. Instead the plot focuses on the treasure hunt for the “Fountain of youth” which keeps it ticking.

Keira Knightly gets replaced by Penelope Cruz (Angelica), and boy, what a relief! She does realize her potential and delivers that exactly, nothing more nothing less. She shares a beautiful on-screen chemistry with Depp and since their characters meet up after many years of will-full separation we get to see some “not so genuine” patch-up sequences that evoke genuine humor. Àstrid Berges Frisbey as Syrena the mermaid is a great find and her eyes make you empathize with her emotions as the captured mermaid, who falls in love with a human.

Jack needs to lead pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) to the Fountain of Youth, however it seems to be in hot-pursuit by the British Government and the Spanish too! Our “treasure-hunt” is raring to go with these three major contenders. Who finally gets to drink the immortal liquid? Does it really exist or is it just a myth?

Hans Zimmer, the genius that he is, knows where exactly to pound your heart, and where exactly to break your heart! His back-ground score works like an involuntary organ of the human-body, directly under the control of the sub-conscious mind. The Pirates Venture is usually very conscious of the coustumes and extravagant locations. They live up to the tradition even in this sequel.

Magical summer treat is the verdict !

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