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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Review

The thing about the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies is this:  They’re Pirate/Zombie movies folks.  Why do people forget such a simple fact?  Rob Marshall takes over the directing chores for Gore Verbinski (who helmed the first three Pirate films.) Pirates,  Zombies & Mermaids with attitude, lots of attitude.  Before I forget, stay seated through the ending credits. There is a scene at the very end of the film.

It’s the 4th go round with good ol’ Captain Jack.  Johnny Depp was itchin’ to jump back in those old boots & set sail.  This time, it’s a quest for Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth.  Along for the race is peg-legged Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) I love how the Pirates ride gets woven into the movie’s scenery. You’ll know it when you see it.

Also, the cast was shaken up with the addition of Ian McShane as Blackbeard & Penelope Cruz as Angelica, a woman who knows Jack, & knows him all too well.  There’s also two superstar cameos.  One you already know, Keith Richards of the Stones returns as Jack’s father, Captain Teague.  The other cameo is all on you.

Captain Jack does lots of high altitude escaping. He swings, dangles, catapults & flies over just about anything & everything.  Hey, he’s a swashbuckling pirate with an uncanny sense of balance.  I don’t want to get into full details of the story.  I hate reading reviews that are nothing but long essays entitled SPOILER.  I’ve said enough.

If you liked Pirates 1,2 & 3, you’ll like 4.  If you didn’t like Pirates 1, 2 & 3, you’ll never learn, cuz you won’t like 4.  The first one is still the very best.  To get into a fantasy adventure movie such as this, you must be willing to do three things. (1) Suspend your disbelief  (2) just go with the flow & (3) take off your cynical hat. Remember, at the end of the day it’s still, just a Pirate/Zombie movie.  It’s not Oscar season people, it’s the summer.  Go on a seafaring voyage with Captain Jack. It’s the Pirates life for me & you too!

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