The British Royal Navy has requested the presence of famed pirate captain Jack Sparrow for a mission. They hear that the Spanish are going in search of the Fountain of Youth, and they ask Jack to join his old nemesis, Barbossa, in a quest to find it for England. Jack escapes the Navy and goes out in search of it himself, but upon encountering his former lover Angelica, he instead ends up in the company of Angelica's father, the wicked pirate Blackbeard. Blackbeard, too, is searching for the Fountain, in order to avoid a prophecy which reveals his inevitable death. It is revealed that for the Fountain to work, one must be in possession of two magical chalices, once held by Ponce De Leon. One of the chalices must contain the tear of a mermaid, while the other does not. Two people must drink at once, and the person with the mermaid's tear will inherit the remaining years of the person drinking from the other chalice, who is then doomed to die. Blackbeard's ship, upon arriving near the Fountain, is attacked by mermaids, but he successfully captures one in order to hopefully obtain the tear. While on board, the mermaid falls in love with one of Blackbeard's prisoners, a young British missionary. Arriving at the Fountain, they unfortunately encounter both the Spanish, who have the chalices, and Barbossa with the British Navy. Jack Sparrow must find a way to escape inevitable death and hopefully get to encounter the magic of the Fountain of Youth.
Best part of story, including ending:
For a story about pirate adventure, it's more boring than one would expect, with a pacing that lags and a lack of new interesting characters.
Best scene in story:
The earliest action sequence in the film is most exciting, with Sparrow escaping on land from England, hopping across stagecoaches and swinging from chandeliers. It's also the funniest part of the film.
Opinion about the main character:
Sparrow is still a funny and engaging hero, but it's a shame that he is not given more of an emotional stake in the proceedings of two consecutive sequels.