Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

New review from The Movie Snob

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (D+).  I would say that Captain Jack Sparrow has finally worn out his welcome with me, but then again, did I really like any of the three earlier movies in this series?  Maybe the first one was okay, but I can hardly remember.  Anyhoo, Johnny Depp (The Astronaut’s Wife) is on a new quest — this time, he’s looking for the Fountain of Youth.  Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) returns as Jack’s one-time nemesis Barbosa, but the villain of this piece is none other than Blackbeard himself (Ian McShane, Scoop).  Penelope Cruz (Volver) adds the feminine element now that Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go) has jumped ship. An extended introduction set in London could easily have been lopped off (although it did permit a humorous cameo by a very well-known actress), and the rest of the movie is a bunch of very purposeful-looking rushing about by the various people who are trying to find the mythical Fountain.  Frankly, I found it a little yawn-inducing.  And, predictably, it was way too long (about 2 hours and 15 minutes).  But it’ll probably make a killing, and they’ll probably make another one….

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3 comments on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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