Saturday, May 14, 2011

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, ON STRANGER TIDES” MOVIE REVIEW. ‘Tis a Colourful Swashbuckling Adventure in the GRANDEUR of 3D.



Cinema goers are a fussy lot.

You can count on this.

Tons of negative vibes have been spun now and then.

And it all boils down that it’s really a case of “much ado about nothing”.

The “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN” film series did score – and will continue to reap a tremendous following, all over the world.

You simply don’t leave a viable money spinner lying around intact.

The film trilogy (so far) has a wholesome appeal that sticks to you like jelly-O.

And it’ll have the young, the adult and the old enamoured, making this a heavenly captive market.

So this is one gregarious escapist FAMILY entertainment with something in store for everyone.

Little surprise that sequel after sequel had been spawned in the past years, and this commercial vehicle will ride on and on to keep the magic of the legendary pirate JACK SPARROW alive, whether you like it or not.

“ON STRANGER SHORES” is the fourth film in the successful franchise line-up, helmed by ROB MARSHALL who had given us CABARET and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

It’s a cash machine and money makes the world go round.

JOHNNY DEPP reportedly struck gold for picking up a 21-million pound pay cheque for reenacting his famous screen role. He is laughing his way to the bank – thanks to you, chum.

Welcome to the latest albeit craziest of the series, this time with the sultry addition of the vivacious PENELOPE CRUZ on board.

Conspicuously absent would the regular pair of star-crossed lovebirds – KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and ORLANDO BLOOM whose characters had been peremptorily taken off the hook by the screen writers.

A new angle with the storytelling and a totally new take this time round.

All for the first time, in the brilliance of the 3D phenomenon.

You will be bedazzled by the awesome colours, glorious action and swashbuckling adventure.

“ON STRANGER TIDES” ignites the explosive fun, adventure and humor as usual. JOHNNY DEPP returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow and crosses path with a woman of his past, the enigmatic Angelica (PENELOPE CRUZ).

He thinks he has finally found love but discovers she is just a ruthless con artist who’s making use of him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.

When she lures him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (IAN McSHANE), Jack finds himself caught in a precarious situation in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more or trust less: Blackbeard the father or Angelica the temptress.

Everyone’s out to get a piece of the action, to find the seemingly unattainable fountain of youth by braving new storms and charting perilous terrains.

Expect a bloody swashbuckling mayhem.

Who’d have expected that the dangerous monsters are the sweet, vulnerable seductive mermaids, who are cruelly hunted, butchered and tortured along the way.

These vengeful mermaids cry “murder most foul” and counter-attack by leaping from the waters at the throats of the sailors and slitting the them alive.

Other death-defying perils?

You can count on the zombie pirates and a fire breathing ship.

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES” is one visually stunning, wildly entertaining and action packed adventure that will keep you enthralled, that is, if you suspend your disbelief mode.

It will be a love-hate relationship for many who will love it as much as there will be the same numbers who don’t.

But that aside, the crowds will return to the cinema for another round of PIRATES 5.

Trick or Treat?


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