“Caribbean” changes the game with new direction

By Krystal McGee |Staff Writer|

Captain Jack Sparrow and his cohorts are back with crazy antics and wild adventures in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.

The fourth installment in the beloved Disney movie franchise is setting sail once again in 2D, 3D and IMAX on May 20th.

This latest movie has an amazing cast of stars and several returning stars, such as Johnny Depp, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush.

The popular saga started in 2003 with “The Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. The Pirates franchise has created a total of 3 movies and has grossed $2.6 billion worldwide.

This time around, the movie will be based on the historical fantasy novel “On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers.

The film has had some recent surprises, such as the introduction of several new cast members and a new director, Rob Marshall.

“There’s a brand new director in charge, and the likes of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have been eliminated from proceedings entirely. As a result, the Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will be almost unrecognisably different from anything we’ve already seen,” reported The Guardian.

Some of the cast may be new, but that will not take away from the adventurous story and humorous plot the Pirates franchise always delivers.

The plot features Captain Jack Sparrow in yet another action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the mysterious Angelica, he’s not sure if it’s love or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.

When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past.

In the recent trailer of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” it shows Jack Sparrow and fellow cast mates embarking on a wild adventure for the fountain of youth. Several  reviews have mixed feelings about the movie and trailer.

“Pirates of the Caribbean is boldly going where it has gone before,” stated The Guardian, “The latest in the Jack Sparrow franchise is radically original and not a bit like all the other POTC films. Honest.”

“Jerry Bruckheimer needs a hit and he’ll be hoping the fourth installment in the Pirates series is it,” said Big Screen, “The last two were wholly mediocre, but thankfully, Orlando Bloom has been replaced by someone else… doesn’t really matter who.”

Reviews such as these can either keep people away from the movie or cause people to want to see the movie because they know the film is worth watching.

Despite the mediocre reviews, The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has proven to be quite a lucrative and commercial success for the Disney company. There are already plans for a fifth, and possibly a sixth, entry in the saga.

In other words, they must be doing something right.