Feb 16, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides

Johnny Depp, Penlope Cruz
Release Date:  May 20, 2011
Director:  Rob Marshall

Yep, new director, you read that correct.   Gore Verbinski, director of the previous three Pirates movies was unable to do this one, so Rob Marshall was called in, which, I think, might be a good thing.  Pirates 2 and 3 were such a let-down that I would hesitate to see number 4, except for two things:  1.  a new director (which probably wasn't the problem with #'s 2 and 3 though) and 2.  an acknowledgement by writers, actors and producers that 2 and 3 were let-downs.  

Johnny Depp spoke to Ian Nathan of Empire magazine, published in the Feb. '11 edition, "The thing with Pirates 4, I felt like we owed it to the people.. You know?  Pirates 2 and 3 became quite.... sub-plotty.  The mathematics of it.  All these people went to see them two or three times" (hello) "just to figure out what was happening.  This one is a little closer in tone to the first:  more characgter driven... more subject-driven... It has a freshness... Less mathematics."

Music to your ears?....

Jon H., Marj and I hit the midnight release of the last Pirates movie and we were pretty upset afterwards.  Stupid movie.  What a let-down.

The last Pirates ended with Depp a/k/a Cap'n Jack, adrift, having a map to the fountain of youth.  With Pirates 4, Blackbeard enters the scene along with his lovely daughter, Angelica, who has met Cap'n Jack on a previous Pirates movie.   Angelica grew up with pirates and has the mind of a pirate with the looks of an angel.  Cap'n Jack doesn't know if he should trust her as they set out for the Fountain of Youth.

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