Yo-ho an' a bottle 'o rum

2011-05-23 00:00

AVAST! Ye fourth roundabout would be not as sinkable as we mateys may first 'ave thought! 'Tis nay quite th' weigh-in that be th' first seafarin' of ye olde Pirates, but 'tis a good deal better than th' previous two excursions on th' high seas. Thar be a spyin' of a few cameos, by nay other than Judi Dench, th' scurvy dog Keith Richards an' the landlubber Richard Griffiths.

In ye ol' tale, the scallywag Cap'n Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) be trackin' down his imposter, who be 'n fact the lovely Angelica (Penélope Cruz), Jack's ol' love matey. But nay does he know until later on tha' she actually be the lass o' th' infamous Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Jack makes an accord with Blackbeard to lead him an' his scurvy dog crew to the Fountain o' Youth while sailin' the high seas on Blackbeard's evil ship. Soon enough, the scurvy dog Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) — Jack's archenemy — follows the crew on his own ship in the hopes o' also reachin' the loot tha' be the Fountain of Youth. Thar be also encounters wi' zombies, a sea o' mermaids (from whom they be havin' to extract a tear) and ye young missionary (Sam Claflin), who falls under th' spell o' one of ye mermaids named Serena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey).

Cap'n Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) commands th' fourth Buccanneers ship, givin' the hearty vessel some upstandin', while th' swaggerin' screenplay by Ted Elliott an' Terry Rossio helps th' saggy tale sail along at a favourable rate of knots. Ye fourth olde tale be easier to contemplate, as the mischevous rascal Jack Sparrow, made immortal on screen by the scurvy dog Johnny Depp, steals th' loot once again, turnin' an otherwise landlubber tale into a rollickin' round o' rum.

He be ably assisted by Geoffrey Rush's Cap'n Barbossa, havin' wiggled his way out of some wee past terrors, an' escaped wi' only a wooden leg as a hinderance. As long as th' termites dasn't get in, his rum be alright!

Ye whole seafarin' be fun, witty an' all ye require from an hearty adventure tale. Indeed, this be pleasin' to the eye - Arrrr! ***


Who would have thought? This is actually not as bad as we thought it would be.

The fourth instalment is not quite the whole package that the first Pirates was, but it's a hearty portion in the franchise.

It is a good deal better than the previous two excursions on the high seas, and the cast this time sees the inclusion of Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane, as well as cameos by Keith Richards, Judi Dench and Richard Griffiths.

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) tracks down his imposter who turns out to be Angelica (Penélope Cruz), his old flame. Little does he know until later on that she's actually the daughter of the infamous Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Sparrow agrees to show Blackbeard and his crew of zombie pirates the way to the Fountain of Youth while sailing the high seas on the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Soon enough, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Sparrow's archenemy, follows them on his own ship in hopes of also reaching that much sought-after Fountain of Youth. The adventure also includes encounters with zombies, a sea of vicious mermaids, from whom they have to extract a tear, and a young missionary who falls under the spell of a mermaid named Serena.

Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) commands the fourth Pirates ship, giving it spirit and style while the screenplay by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio helps the story move along in a much more easy-to-follow fashion, which centres around Depp's immortal creation in the swaggering rascal Captain Jack Sparrow, who steals the show once again, turning an otherwise pedestrian plot into a rollicking adventure.

He is ably assisted by Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa, who has miraculously survived a few past terrors, and escaped with only a wooden leg as an appendage. As long as the termites don't get in, he's mobile.

The whole journey is fun, witty and provides all you require from an adventure tale — escapism.

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