Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney series – the first to be filmed in 3D – satisfies long-awaiting fans and more.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides kicks off with a captured Captain Jack Sparrow brought in before his old nemesis Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), now in the service of the King of England. But not for long before he brilliantly escapes into the streets of old London with the aid of a chandelier into the hands of new nemesis Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and daughter Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who tricks him on board The Queen Anne's Revenge in a bid to locate the Fountain of Youth.

Depp carries a heavy burden, satisfyingly appearing in almost every scene of the 2.5 hour-long installment. Regardless, we still miss Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, especially since they have been replaced by boring lovey-dovey couple, missionary Sam Claflin and mermaid Astrid Berges-Frisbey.

Nonetheless, despite an overdose of flaming coals, swords and skeletons, On Stranger Tides meets expectations from adoring fans of Depp and the Pirates series. The film ends off with a hint of a next installment, and may jolly well do good at the rate it is going now though we wonder if there could be anything fresh to find about this eccentric character who is starting to lose his bizarreness with each installment.

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