Pirates of the Caribbean 4

The newest Pirates of the Carribbean is a much lighter movie than the last two in the series, but while it harks back to the first movie isn’t anywhere near as funny. Despite some amusing physical humour, Jack Sparrow skirts becoming tiresome, and I found a slapstick sequence where he meets the King of England quite silly.

My favourite scene was when the first mermaid appeared and sang to the pirates, and the following action sequence stood out. The Caribbean element of voodoo magic returns, and it was interesting to see semi-historical elements: Edward Teach (Blackbeard) and the religious Spanish.

There is a lot of wasted potential in the movie: Angelica, Blackbeard and the missionary are sadly shallow; questions of trust are posed between the characters but never properly resolved. There’s little inventiveness and wit in the storyline, and nothing of the awe-inspiring cinematography of prior films.

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