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Aye, Captain, The Ship's Sinking Fast

  • Ankur Pathak

    Ankur Pathak (50 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - August 26, 2013 12:37 AM IST
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesWatch trailerRelease date : May 20, 2011

    It so happens with our Western counterparts, once it dawns upon them that they hold a blockbuster franchisee under the table, they stretch their arms, go for a stroll, sip caffeine more than frequently, and even in their self-conjured illusions, they are dead-sure their films going to debut at No.1 at the turnstiles.

    This is an instance from Disneys fourth installment of the overwhelmingly extraordinary series of a manipulative, witty pirate, his many unconfirmed, unfinished liaisons, and his eccentric adventures spanning from a dead mans chest to reaching the other stop of the world.

    Captain Jack Sparrow returns, and this time with a quest to sip the fountain of youth. It is evident he isnt the solo forager for the prized liquid, and so starts a larger-than-life scavenger hunt with a number of parties hunting for the syrup. Flaunting his political drift, Sparrow cunningly switches from one to the other seeking most benefit, from anyone, irrespective of it being a British Monarch or a sultry siren.

    Which reminds me of Knightleys apt replacement, and an exploding addition to version 4 the stifling Spaniard, Penelope Cruz as Angelica. Although its a part screen writers Ted Elliot and Tim Powers find increasingly challenging to define, rendering Angelica a trivial persona. Her integrity is constantly debated and it never quite is clear where her intentions lie, with that lazy, amorphous depiction.

    For us, the ambitious expedition never really lurches the stomach with anxiety, especially like the first one managed. Or say, even the second, knitted with sharp-witted humor. The cameras focus is quick to dislocate. And assumingly for the first time, you dont root for Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depps fourth reincarnation of the rum-drinking, rambled-gait pirate is most of the time exhausted, and lethargic. His punch-lines sound contrived, and what was once hilarious now is plain ho-hum.

    Ian McShane as Pirate Blackbeard is a welcome count. The actors terrific screen-presence alongside that hoarse, guttural tone gives the character the much demanded maniacal sculpt. He plays Penelopes father and the one who is asking for the Fountain of Youth more than anyone else.

    The ever reliable Geoffery Rush reprises Captain Barbossa, though contrastingly, he is now a privateer in the court of King George 2, and that without a leg.

    Even these sparkling enactments find difficult to compensate for the basic plot that lies defunct. Director Rob Marshall, celebrated for musicals like Nine and Chicago (an OSCAR delight), decides to attach chaos uncalled for. There are too many action sequences, and sadly none are choreographed in a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring manner.

    Just the conventional sword-crossing in between dangerous landscape.

    The least saving grace is - the shimmering mermaids, who at one point beguile you with cherub-like innocence, and next you know, they flaunt fang-like teeth, ready to rupture your muscles. Yet, their mere presence is mesmerizing.

    Clustered with an army of people, aiming for one valued fluid, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides reaches a shore that is greatly unrecognizable. Battling its own demons, screenwriters Ted Elliot and Tim Powers appear to stretch these once-lovable characters, and conjure up silly, inconsequential ones resulting in a contrived extension. Marshall seems unable to handle a mammoth ocean-sized project like this one.

    The sailing point of the much punctured voyage thus remains the enticing proximity between the lead pair.

    And I never quite imagined the progression would be so shockingly reduced.

    Launch your lifeboats, for the ship is sinking fast.

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