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May 20, 2011
Review - " Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides "
(in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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And what better way to achieve that goal, then to find the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.  And that's exactly where Blackbeard's
ship is headed.  Unfortunately so are the British and the Spanish.

So the race is on...Who can get to the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH first?  Oh, there's also a few little things that must be
accomplished before gaining entrance to the fountain...collecting three silver chalices and a tear from a mermaid.  No biggie.

At the head of the British fleet is the indestructible Captain Hector Barbossa. Barbossa has lost his ship...the Black Pearl
and his leg, but nothing can keep this guy down.  

Along the way, Captain Jack has to deal with double crosses, People trying to kill him...Some human...Some not so much...
and my favorite...Mermaids.  They're beautiful...They're seductive...They're enchanting.  Only problem is...The mermaids
want to eat you...

There's many other characters along for the ride including Philip Swift (Sam Claflin) a missionary whose mission is to save
the soul of Blackbeard.  Good luck with that.  Poor guy gets tortured big time, but he does find love with the beautiful Syrena
(Astride Berges-Frisbey)...a mermaid who is has a much kinder heart than her sisters.  

Depp once again does justice to the movie with his amazing acting, which is also the reason this series has gone from being
one movie to many, with promises for more. While Sparrow and his wisecracks are the main selling features for the movie,
credit must be given to the writers who have done a fascinating job with the script, without which those lines would not have

Penelope Cruz plays her part pretty well, looking gorgeous as usual. Geoffrey is at his usual self and Ian is the new element
in the picture who appears very late in the movie, but plays his role well. Ian McShane is a standout for me.  His Blackbeard
is charming one moment and a cold stone killer the next. Yet when he's on the screen, you can't take your eyes off of him.  
Geoffrey Rush is also excellent.  He actually makes you feel compassion for the vile Barbosa.

The special effects are as good as the past. Definitely a must watch, especially if you’ve watched the past three movies.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey
Rush, Sam Claflin, Astride Berges-Frisbey

Ever since I watched the first movie, I have been an even bigger fan
of Mr. Depp, especially his portrayal of Capt. Jack Sparrow. And, so
I have made it a point to watch each movie in the series and have
loved each of them.

In the latest movie, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) runs into his
ex-flame Angelica (Penélope Cruz) and together they set out to find
the fountain of youth, partly for them and partly because
Blackbeard (Ian McShane) wants to find the fountain to extend his
life. But, they are not the only ones hunting for the fountain. The
Spanish and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) are also in the race to find
the fountain.

Thus begins the race of several ships across the high seas, with
maps and mermaids and ships in bottles.

After an edge of your seat sword fight, Angelica knocks Jack out.  
When Jack awakens, he finds himself a prisoner aboard a ship
called 'Queen Anne's Revenge' manned by zombies.  If that isn't
bad enough, the Captain of the ship is the legendary, barbarous
pirate, Blackbeard. Blackbeard dabbles in the Black Arts and it
turns out...Angelica is Blackbeard's daughter.

Blackbeard is your basic evil sociopath who wants to live forever.