Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Official Synopsis for Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides

Disney posted some interesting details on Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides via a press release. Comingsoon.net has posted the details. Beware, there may be spoilers below, after the jump

Synopsis: In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and 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 formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
The full press release is quite long and full of less story-driven details following the leak. It’s recommended reading for Pirates fans.

This sounds, to me, like a better sequel to the original than Dead Man’s Chest was. I like that they’re truly refocusing the series around Sparrow, and keeping the drama first and the magic/fantasy secondary.

Still, my hopes for this are pretty low. The first Pirates is one of my favorite adventure films of all time, but the sequels to me were just prolonged torture with one amazing sequence per film (the paddle-wheel swordfight and Jack Sparrow’s personal hell, of course). Here’s hoping 4 is a worthy successor to 1.

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