May 30th 2011 22:48
Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa
It wasn’t until the half way mark whilst questing for the Fountain of Youth and the mermaids’ arrival that On Stranger Tides started to lift its mythological game (of which the entire series rest its heels on). It was about time mermaids entered the Pirates’ picture! Gemma Ward, the wide-eyed Australian supermodel, played Tamara (as she’s named in the end credits), a blonde mermaid who is first to rise from the depths and lure the sailors into a deadly kiss. But it is the young dark-haired beauty Syrena (Astrid Berge-Frisbey) - named by the awestruck young missionary Philip (Sam Claflin) – who is netted by Blackbeard. He needs a mermaid’s teardrop, genuinely spilled in joy or sorrow (joy is the more potent), to add to one of the two chalices he has purloined. With the chalices the Fountain of Youth will bring him eternal life!
There’s a straight-to-DVD release called Siren, more of a straight horror, about a hapless group on a yacht in the Meditteranean. It’s probably terrible, but I think I’ll have to hunt that one down.
Here’s the trailer: