Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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Director Rob Marshall streamlines and actually improves the fourth installment in the action adventure film, Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tide. This story begins in 18th century London with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) looking for a ship to find the fabled fountain of youth. While in the city he runs into a woman from his past named Angelica (Penelope Cruz) who is also trying to piece together a crew. The king of England also wants to find the fountain so he hired one of Jack Sparrow’s old enemies, the now peg-legged Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Before Jack finds a ship and crew he is knocked unconscious only to wake up on a ship where Angelica is already part of the crew that is run by the dark pirate Blackbeard (Ian McSane). As the ship sails closer to the fountain, Jack has to fight zombies and sirens and helps capture a mermaid whose tears need to mix with the water from the fountain. I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to another Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Was it going to be as long in length, have more swordfights or as many subplots as the last two bloated films? To my surprise the director and writers kept the story fairly simple and just added the perfect amount of action, a couple funny one-liners, and a great score by Hans Zimmer. There wasn’t necessarily anything new or original but Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley were absent from this installment so at least we have some different characters. Penelope Cruz was a fresh face (Okay, fresh voice in my case.) and introduced us to a different character. By the way, Penelope’s younger sister Monica played Angelica in the long shots because Penelope was pregnant during the last part of shooting of the film. (No, it wasn’t Arnold’s baby.) The bottom line is, this film will fail if Johnny Depp isn’t in it or isn’t convincing as the swashbuckling pirate but he does a great job on all levels. I’m going to give this film a B- rating and I’m hoping this series will end on a high note.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.