Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a 2011 American fantasy movie, the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, and a standalone sequel to At World’s End (2007). It is the first movie in the series not to be directed by Gore Verbinski, replaced by Rob Marshall. Jerry Bruckheimer once again became the producer.
In the movie, loosely based on Tim Powers’ 1987 novel On Stranger Tides, eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is forced into an uneasy alliance with Angelica (Penélope Cruz), a mysterious woman from his past, as they embark on a quest after the Fountain of Youth, they confront the infamous pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and overcome Jack’s old enemy Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Now, know about Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Synopsis
In the mid-18th century, a man is rescued from the ocean off the coast of Spain and brought to King Ferdinand of Spain, where he claims to be a crew member of Juan Ponce de León, who disappeared 200 years ago while searching for the Fountain of Youth. Seventeen years after the Battle of Calypso’s Faith after a failed attempt to save his first officer, Joshamee Gibbs, from execution in London, Captain Jack Sparrow is brought before King George II.
The King asks Jack to lead an expedition to find the Fountain of Youth before King Ferdinand and the Spanish Navy find it. Captain Hector Barbossa, now a privateer and with a hanger leg, captains the expedition, though he only requires Sao Feng’s navigation charts, not Jack’s.
Jack escapes and meets his father, Captain Teague, who tells Jack that the Fountain requires a ritual. Jack learns that the impersonator is recruiting pirates for another expedition. The trickster is Angelica, Jack’s former lover and daughter of the legendary Blackbeard. Jack is sent to duty aboard Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Blackbeard survived his historic death using voodoo magic thanks to a fated, fateful encounter with Barbossa. He wields Triton’s sword, which allows him to control his ship. Although Jack leads the mutiny, Blackbeard subdues the crew into obedience. Among the crew members is Philip Swift, a captured missionary.
Barbossa recruits Gibbs, who burns the maps and admits that he has memorized every location. Angelica tells Jack that two silver chalices must be retrieved from the Ponce de León flagship, from Santiago. A mermaid’s tear must be placed in one chalice and both chalices must be drunk at the same time to activate the healing properties of the Fountain. The drinker who lacks the tear dies, and their life force is given to the other. Jack discovers Blackbeard’s collection of captured miniature ships, including the Black Pearl.
The Revenge sails to Whitecap Bay to capture the mermaid, successfully netting the Sirena, which they, must first carry in a glass vessel. When Syrena falls, her tail turns into legs. Philip, who cares for her (and sees that she cannot walk), offers to carry her.
Angelica and Blackbeard send Jack to get the chalices, taking his magical compass as a bargaining chip. Jack meets Barbossa in Santiago, only to discover that the Spanish have taken the chalices. Barbossa retrieves the chalices and explains that Blackbeard attacked the Black Pearl, resulting in the loss of a leg through self-amputation. Syrena’s tear is drawn by Blackbeard after Philip professes his love for her and leaves her to die of dehydration and Philip is forced to go with the crew.
Jack returns and negotiates the return of his compass in exchange for the chalices. When Blackbeard agrees, Jack sends Gibbs on an errand. Blackbeard’s crew finds the Fountain but is confronted by Barbossa and his men. The Spaniards arrive, condemn the Fountain as an abomination against God, and throw the chalices into a deep pool.
In the chaos, Philip frees Syrena, who retrieves the chalices and returns them to Jack. Barbossa stabs Blackbeard with his poisoned sword, steals Triton’s sword, declares himself Captain of the Vengeance, and returns to the life of a pirate. The Spanish crushed the Fountain before leaving.
Angelica cuts her hand on a poisoned sword. Jack retrieves the remaining drops of water from the Fountain and adds Syrena’s tear to one of the chalices. When Blackbeard asks Angelica to die for him, Jack tricks him into drinking the chalice without tears. Angelica is healed while Blackbeard dies.
Syrena returns to the injured Philip, kisses him, and leads him underwater to an unknown fate. Jack leaves Angelica on the waterfront, unsure if he can trust her. He then reunites with Gibbs, who used Jack’s compass to find Vengeance and retrieve the bottled Black Pearl. In the post-credits scene, a voodoo doll of Jack created by Blackbeard washes ashore on Angelica Bay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
The movie opens with Lord Cutler Beckett. He kills every person connected to the pirate community in Port Royal. He engages Davy Jones in his service and asks him to destroy all the pirate ships. As for Will, he staked Jack’s life and promised it away to Feng in exchange for the pearl.
He then uses its powers to revive his father, Bootstrap Bill from The Flying Dutchman. As they depart for their next adventure, the crew witnesses a ship of dead souls. It even has Governor Swann, the father of Elizabeth, who was killed by Beckett. Jack then throws Will down in an attempt to gain control of the Dutchman.
We see that Feng dies in Davy Jones’ attack and names Elizabeth as his successor as Pirate Lord. Swann finds Bootstrap Bill, who is literally lost to Dutch Curse. To avoid Brethren’s declaration, Jack impales Elizabeth and makes her king. The crew then reunites to free Calypso. It was later revealed that Jones had been cheating on her all along. While raging, it creates a vortex. Pearl and Dutch then start fighting while they deal with Maelstrom.
In the middle of the battle, Will and Elizabeth get married. As for Jack and Jomes, they fight to gain control of Jones’ heart. Jack and Elizabeth escape the ship as it sinks into the Maelstrom (more like the end of the world as the title suggests).
When Beckett arrives on his ship to attack the pirates, Will takes control and charges against him. He also steers the ship of dead souls to the next world. This is where he and Elizabeth walk away from each other. Will leaves for the Dutchman because the Dutchman’s Curse was lifted by the death of Davy Jones. Elizabeth is revealed to be pregnant and has a chest that contains Will’s heart.
As for the ending with the post-credit scene, we see that Elizabeth and her son Henry see Will return to the Pirate Lands again after 10 years. It is for the Dutchman to return to his wife and son.
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