Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

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New beginnings are always a great way to revamp a dwindling franchise -- and that's just what Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides did.  Audiences who are fans of the first three films won't be disappointed with this brand new storyline, despite the fact that many new characters are introduced, including Angelica played by Penelope Cruz.

Johnny Depp returns in his most iconic role as the lovable Captain Jack Sparrow and he delivers a memorable, if not, predictable performance.  But that's why audiences keep coming back for more Pirates.

Carriage Surfing

In this one, Captain Jack is on a mission to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.  He is, again, in London looking to put together a crew.  He is caught by the British guards and forced to sit in front of  King George II (Richard Griffiths) to await his fate.  The banter between Jack and King George II is quite entertaining.  All Sparrow is worried about is getting a bite of the delicious pastries on the table, even though his life is threatened - it's a great opening scene.



He eventually escapes, after a long cat and mouse chase, when he runs into an old lover, Angelica (Cruz) who forces him onto the infamous death ship of the evil and deadly Blackbeard.  He spends the rest of his time on the ship and in the tropical forests leading the deadly crew to the Fountain of Youth (of which he doesn't exactly know the location). One of the main elements needed for the Fountain of Youth is a mermaid tear.  The mermaids are everything the previews promised and the battle between these beautiful creatures of the sea and the pirates is quite exciting.

Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean

Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), On Stranger Tides goes back to the simpler plot of the first (and best) Pirates film and it creates a very enjoyable viewing experience.  Depp is still as entertaining as ever and he plays the role with such conviction, you can't help but love him.

It's nice to see the new characters, which gives it a completely fresh appeal and creates a fun adventure.  Cruz is good as Angelica, but her lines come across as a little forced and she doesn't have the same right charm to really jest with Depp's Sparrow.  She just isn't on the same level as Jack and it's not a fair battle between the two - in both wit and power.

Jack Sparro Talks to Blackbeard

We also see the return of Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush), who is back to being Jack's ally, rather than foe -- and the two have some great scenes together.  They are both on the same page when it comes to Blackbeard and it brings a fun chemistry to their roles. 

I love that the film goes back to its roots and keeps things much simpler than they had been in the past and I think it really allows audiences to sit back and enjoy the adventure, rather than have to try and figure out what's going on at every turn.  

Depp and Cuz in the Swamp

The ending implies there is room for another and if they can keep coming up with unique adventures with new and entertaining twists, this franchise could go on for another couple of films and still be relevant and fun.

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Top 3 funniest lines from this movie:Jack: Now we're being folwelod by rocks. Never heard that before.Whole Navy Armada Ahead Of The Pirate Fleet Jack: Parley?Jack: We have a funny way with names, we pirates. We once had a geezer with no arms or legs and one eye.Gibbs: What'd you call him?Jack: Larry

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Pirates of the Carribbean was an enjoyable film that the family can enjoy. Tad long for me liking (as with the entire Pirates series) but Depp is hugely watchable as Captain Jack Sparrow. here's my full review: http://bit.ly/kiVnVb

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great movie, great fun

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Quotes

If you had a sister and a dog, I'd choose the dog.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow: Captain, I wish to report a mutiny! I can name fingers and point names.
Blackbeard: No need, Mr. Sparrow. They are sheep. You, their Shepherd.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

New beginnings are always a great way to revamp a dwindling franchise -- and that's just what Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides...

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