So who has seen this? If you haven't seen it yet, why not? I was out there not once, but twice opening weekend to see the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Of course, I loved it!
This movie was filled with action and all of the Jack-isms that we love. The interactions between Jack and the returning characters of Gibbs and Barbossa get us up to date with what has happened since the last time we saw these characters and we quickly find ourselves in the action with the new characters of Angelica and Blackbeard.
Jack (there should be a Captain in there) and Angelica are former lovers. And Angelica is the daughter of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Of course, with the ending of Pirates 3, we know that Jack is searching for the Fountain of Youth (duh, isn't it historically located in St. Augustine?) and so is just about everyone else.
This installment did not include Elizabeth and Will. While their story wrapped up nicely at the end of the last Pirates movie, I have to say that I missed them a bit, but really, how exciting could it be if they were searching for the Fountain of Youth while raising a kid? I did find that this was missing something without them or at least without another character to fill their place. Don't get me wrong, as much as I liked Penelope Cruz as Angelica, I didn't feel that her character had enough of a storyline to round out the film.
I think that amount of Captain Jack in the story was just right, but there seemed to be something missing. One of the subplots that I did enjoy and wish that the screenwriters had developed more was the relationship between the missionary, Philip, and the mermaid. I do look forward to the possibility that something can be developed in future films.
So how does this rank among the other Pirates films? I'm not sure if any other film will ever top The Curse of the Black Pearl, but I rank this one a high second, easily beating the other two films. It definitely has rewatchability. I even think this had even more laugh out loud parts the second time around. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Pirates franchise. You won't be disappointed.