Film Preview: "Pirates of the Caribbean 4"
by Sandra Scholes
After three movies, the latest one, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" has been much anticipated. It is due out on the 18th of May 2011, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" proved to be interesting if confusing sequels for many people, yet as Johnny Depp was reputed to have said in a newspaper article; he thought the fans were owed a fourth film as he felt the others were too cerebral.
The story itself concerns infamous pirate Captain Jack Sparrow who comes across an old flame, Angelica who is a pirate in her own right, just as dangerous as he remembers her--and who wants him to help her find the famed Fountain of Youth. He still isn't sure about her motives, and whether she actually loves him or is just using him to get what she wants. Once on her ship, he discovers it is Blackbeard who is behind it all - that is where the story begins and the danger mounts. For a story it seems a bit thin on the ground content wise, but if there is plenty of humour, fun and adventure, then the viewers might not care as long as it’s good enough.
Kevin McNally (Gibbs)
Keith Richards (Teague)
Judy Dench (Cameo role)
Richard Griffiths (King George II)
While Kevin McNally, Keith Richards and Richard Griffiths are already playing recognised characters in the movie, Judy Dench stars in a cameo role as a noblewoman who is greeted by a naughty Captain Jack trying to escape capture, before wooing then robbing her, and getting away.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" hasn't had the best of starts, with two of the main characters left out; Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) will have left a strange feeling of void in the making of the movie as two other cast members are to take up the hard task of being as good actors as the other two. With Penelope Cruz (Angelica) and Ian McShane (Blackbeard) we can only hope they will perform as well as we can imagine, as it will take a lot to live up to the previous characters and what they managed to evoke.
Many will think that the story could not be the same without the others and the film itself might not be on par with the previous ones, but that depends on the script, not just the two replacement actors even if they do have to fit in with the style and feel of the movie, and give off the same brand of humour we have come to expect. Loyal fans of the franchise and those who love Johnny’s wonderful humour will go see it anyway regardless of the hype surrounding it.