New In Theaters Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back in yet another high seas adventure. In this installment Jack meets up with a past acquaintance, Angelica (Penelope Cruz) who forces him to accompany her on a trip to find the Fountain of Youth. Once aboard the ship, the “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, Sparrow finds that Angelica is not the only one he should be worried about, but actually should be more concerned with the presence of her father, Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Meanwhile also setting sail for the fabled fountain is Jack’s other nemesis, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who has lost the Black Pearl, since the last time they saw each other. He has now joined forces with the King and has the royal army at his disposal. It’s a race against time as both ships must also get to the fountain before the Spaniards, who are also in pursuit of the fountains whereabouts. Then there is the problem of having to obtain a Mermaid, in order to use the fountain’s powers. With enemies all around him, who will Jack be able to trust long enough to reach the fountain? Once there, who will get to actually use its powers of youth rejuvenation?

In my opinion all of the Pirate movies have been expertly done. Their fun for all, they have lots of action, and they have Johnny Depp in them. I don’t think any other actor could have made this character more likable than Depp. Apparently I am not the only one who thinks this, as Pirates 4 has already made over $384 million worldwide and the combined gross of all 4 movies has now made a over $3 billion dollars worldwide. It has been an 8 year span for this franchise, and it still seems to have a lot of wind in its sails. Even after the departure of Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley, they are not missed one bit in this installment. Penelope Cruz was a perfect match to play Depp’s love interest in this movie, as you may know she also played his wife in the 2001 film “Blow”. So to see them together once again was really exciting. Geoffrey Rush was excellent once again reprising his role as Barbossa. He and Depp have also made these movies fun to watch as their characters are dreaded enemies, who seem to have a hint of friendship in their hearts.

The action was non-stop, and I would have say that the scene involving the mermaids was one of the best scenes. I gave this movie 3 ½ ships out of 4. It’s a really good franchise, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping after this one. Just check the scene after the credits run, for a hint as to the next installment. The movie was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action/adventure violence, some frightening images, sensuality and innuendo. It ran 2 hours and 17mins. It was written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and from source material from Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert, and Tim Powers. The film was directed by Rob Marshall. It was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Before you set sails on an adventure, make sure you have a compass handy. Ezo
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