Going into the film I had no pre conceptions, I hadn’t watched the previous 2 and had only seen the first, so I wouldn’t go as far as to say I am a big fan of the franchise or cared that much about seeing it. However when I got the opportunity to see it courtesy of Sky I had to go.
The film as always fully focuses on the antics of Jack Sparrow played by the ever so charismatic Johnny Depp, with a strong supporting cast.
The film starts off with Captain Jack escaping the King of England and his followers, and rumours are circulating that Jack is looking for a crew to man his ship, Jack however doesn’t own a ship and thus starts to look for the impostor on his name and legacy. We are then introduced to the beautiful love interest Angelica played by Penelope Cruz, We then learn she is the daughter of a very notorious Pirate, I won’t spoil the surprises. Together along with the British Navy and the Spanish, they are on the search for the ‘Fountain of Youth’ along the way we see each of them coming to blows and the relationship between Jack and Angelica grows more and more, the sexual tension was quite intense in parts especially in a scene where Cruz is mounted on Depp.
For me the story took a typical journey, as many Disney films take, that is until we meet the mermaids, Ariel these are not. These mermaids have a killer instinct with Vampire like teeth it is as if the Mermaids had mutated with Piranha’s, This is where the film got really interesting and gave it a much needed boost as I felt the film was getting very stale, most people in the cinema I noticed where just in awe of the big production, Johnny Depp and swords, this for me isn’t enough. Mermaids are definitely the best part of this film, minus the mermaids I would of no doubt come out of the cinema feeling like I had wasted 2 hours of my life, so thank you mermaids.The film ends on a high with the bad guy getting his justice and the hero getting the girl, kinda. He gets the girl but he leaves her on an island and tells her the best line in the whole film “If you had a sister and a dog, I’d still choose the dog”.
The effects in the film are great, 1 scene where the effects really shine is towards the end it features lots of fast flowing water taking over a body, acting like a whirlpool you see the person’s blood swirling around in the water, this looked stunning in 3D. However the 3D element in the film I thought was just as poor as Saw 3D. Most of the film is in 2D and for me it was so blatant I took off my 3D glasses, turned to the person next to me to see if it was just me who was seeing 2D. To my disbelief she also said it was just 2D, so my advice in regards to 3D is do not go see it in 3D, it is not worth the extra money you pay for. When it was 3D it was done well, this is no Avatar production though.
Overall I would say the film isn’t bad but I don’t really feel it was that good either, fans of the franchise will no doubt like it, but I was just waiting for it to end towards the end, but that could just be because I don’t care about the characters as much as say a 10 year old would. The film has been given a 12A mostly i’m guessing for some slightly adult jokes and tones in parts of the film, but it is very much a family film and i’m sure the whole family will enjoy it. I would recommend you go see it if you love the franchise, if you don’t i would say go see something else.