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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The fourth film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, directed by Rob Marshall

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  • May 16, 2011
'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' directed by Rob Marshall is the fourth film of this franchise...And in my opinion, the best.  

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow but this time, except for Geoffrey Rush (Captain Hector Barbossa) and Kevin R. McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) there's a whole new set of characters that may or may not want to do him harm...including the beautiful, enigmatic, Pirate...Angelica (Penelope Cruz). 

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 (the wonderful Ian McShane)
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. 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 (Geoffrey Rush). 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.  

'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' is total fun...The story has been streamlined and all the characters and their motivations are clear cut.

 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...

And of course there's  Johnny...Well there's only one thing to say about him...He is Captain Jack Sparrow and the heart and soul of the 'Pirates' franchise.
The 'Two Jews On Film' are very close with their bagel rating.  I gave 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' 5 bagles out of 5 and John wasn't far behind.  Please check out our video to see our 'special guest star'.

 The film opens in theaters Friday May 20th, 2011.  You won't be disappointed. 
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May 18, 2011
Looking forward to it even more after reading your review! :)
May 18, 2011
love to know what you think.
May 18, 2011
Nice review and I can't wait to see this one; Johnny's my man and makes a terrific sexy pirate. Sounds like the story line is terrific in this one...thanks!!!!
May 18, 2011
thanks so much. Glad you liked it.
May 16, 2011
Nice review. And nice props! :)
May 16, 2011
thanks much. John makes a great pirate LOL
May 16, 2011
Lmao! I am so happy to see John in a pirate hat and that eye patch!! mermaids....Depp taking it more serious....? Wow! I will see this asap!! I am so pumped now. Admittedly, I had mixed feelings with the last two films (especially the last one) and it is a relief to hear that this was great! Hey, John's only complain is that he wasn't in the movie? LOL! Ok, I am in!! I will get my tickets asap!
May 16, 2011
I think I told you that Ian McShane is a very close friend. We really tried to be objective about the film and I think we were. He is a fantastic actor and totally stole the film. My apologies if I'm being redundant. Hard to remember who I told what. Seeing Woody Allen's new film tonight. Will send review of course.
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review by . May 23, 2011
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The “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise have always proven to be profitable, despite its somewhat lackluster sequels. Fans of the original film were a bit disappointed how the sequels didn’t turn out to be as fun. Well, Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall tries to return to the sensibilities that made the first film so much fun; taking inspiration from the story “On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers, Bruckheimer and company seems poised to take back the ’pirate …
review by . May 27, 2011
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I recall when the first Pirates of the Caribbean came out that I thought it would be a terrible movie.  In the first place it was based on a theme park ride.  And in the second place it had a horrible title.  When I saw it, however, I was pleasantly surprised.  I enjoyed the clever and witty dialog and I enjoyed the simple, yet fun story.  And best of all, Johnny Depp played one of the most memorable characters in recent cinema: Jack Sparrow.  It was only a matter of …
review by . July 02, 2012
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I skipped this film in theaters last summer because of the bad reviews and negative word of mouth. That was a big mistake. This was the best of the series so far.      Rob Marshall reinvented this series when he took over. There was nothing wrong with the previous storyline, but it had come to its conclusion in At World's End. Keira Knightly's and Orlando Bloom's characters were gracefully written out and the series was ready for something new. Marshall instead of …
review by . May 25, 2011
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   It took me two different screenings to fully absorb Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, one being a midnight screening and the other being a repeat screening with my Dad (it’s one of my favorite traditions). I actually had a chance recently to re-watch the trilogy, and the latter two still stand out as my favorites. I really dug the supernatural parts of the story like Davy Jones and his crew and how things slowly built toward that colossal, one-hour scuffle between …
review by . May 20, 2011
Review: Fourth ‘Pirates' Movie Keeps Series Strong
   Usually I find a series to be worn out when they go anywhere beyond a third movie, but Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides changed my opinion on that. Although the 3D scenes made it a little too Disney cheesy, the love and hate banter between Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, terrifying mermaids, and the new “it” couple made me fall in love all over again with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.      The fourth installment finds Jack, Captain …
review by . May 21, 2011
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Star Rating:         Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio are amazing men. Their screenplays can confuse audiences just as easily as they can entertain. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the hugely successfully Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer franchise and the first to be released in 3D, is exuberant fun – and damn near impossible to keep track of. Some of the blame rests on the character of Captain Jack Sparrow, a man known for his lies, trickery, …
review by . June 06, 2011
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   One of our beloved characters has returned back to initiate this franchise into a new trilogy. While is taken as the fourth installment, On Stranger Tides is actually the start of a new trilogy because of the new totally different and unconnected story from the first series.      The main story strangely revolves around the duel between Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane) building anticipation for the final stage of their on-going battle. …
review by . May 23, 2011
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Here’s a sequence from the new Pirates of the Caribbean flick: Penelope Cruz is Angelica, and Ian McShane is Blackbeard her father.  Johnny Depp is, of course, Jack Sparrow (there should be a captain in there somewhere.) They are searching for the Fountain of Youth.  Depp leads the way, but they come to a giant, uncrossable chasm.  For some unexplained reason, someone must jump into the chasm.  Cruz volunteers, but McShane says no – Depp must do it.  Depp balks, …
review by . August 15, 2011
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For number 4 in this series, this bad boy isn't a stinker. I did miss Bloom and Knightley, but Depp is still good/bad ol Cap'n Jack, and Rush is back as well bringing his creepy elements to the whole story. Penelope Cruz adds a little feminine touch as the daughter (? is she or isn't she?)  of the infamous Blackbeard.      And speaking of feminine touch. I will NEVER look at a mermaid quite the same way again. Shudder. Who knew?      If you …
review by . May 22, 2011
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES   Written by Ted Eliott and Terry Rossio   Directed by Rob Marshall   Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane       Barbosa: You haven’t changed.   Jack Sparrow: Implying the need.       It’s fitting really that the fourth installment in Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series, ON STRANGER TIDES, finds everyone’s …
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Director: Rob Marshall
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: May 20, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Runtime: USA: 141 min
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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