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Film Review: Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Directed by Rob Marshall and based on the book On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. The film starts with pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) failing to rescue one of his old crew. Before long Sparrow is captured, but spared by King George II on the proviso that he leads a British ship to find the Fountain of Youth before the Spanish reach there. The problem I had with the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films was the bewildering writing; the films are both surprisingly complex and long, and have a way of boring me to the point where I just couldn't care about anything that's happening. Factor into that the somewhat relentless vast action set pieces. No doubt most people watching the films will agree that it's Johnny Depp's bizarre and bemusing performance as Captain Jack Sparrow that holds things together, if at all. To some degree the fourth film is more of the same, but it also has some saving graces. It's the shortest of the four, albeit not by much (with a runtime of 137 minutes). It also has, to my memory at least, the best writing of the four. There's slightly less focus on big action set pieces, and more on a coherent and better paced story that isn't overly confusing and complicated. Penelope Cruz stars as Depp's long lost love interest, and despite being in most of the film her role isn't particularly memorable, perhaps in part due to the over the top nature of all the other characters. Although Depp inevitably steals the show (again), he is given a run for his money by Geoffrey Rush (again) and newcomer Ian McShane (pirate Captain Blackbeard). It will be a must watch for fans of the previous three films, and a perhaps above so-so watch for those who were so-so about them. Those with an allergy to Depp and/or the franchise will still want to avoid. 4/5 (Good)

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Did you watch through all the credits to see the bit that came after?

No, I wasn't aware there was anything! What did I miss?

I don't know if you knew this but in previous episodes, there were cliffhanger hints about future episodes or at least that was what I was lead to think.

This post-credit scene showed Penelope Cruz sitting on the beach when she spies the voodoo doll made to represent Jack wash up on shore.

Ah no, I didn't know what.

Strange ending though. I guess that leaves things completely open.

I'm not sure offhand if it was a box office success, and/or whether there are plans to film another.

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