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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Director: Rob Marshall
- Release Date: May 2011
- Run Time: 137
- Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Methought that the last Pirates I saw, where Captain Jack Sparrow greets his “beastie” with the glint of true hero meeting his end, would have been a fitting end deep within Davey Jones’ Locker. The idea that he went out with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as Captain Jack set well with me. So much has changed. I sat out the last one, not even recognizing it when it appeared on cable in my hotel room.
I forced myself to go to this installment of the Disney juggernaut. It wasn’t disappointing. It just seems a little overdone at this point. So that having been said, let’s talk about the plus side of “Stranger Tides.”
Well, there is Jeffrey Rush as Barbossa. Always a touch of class and filled with pirate protocol expertise, Barbossa is involved in the great pursuit of the Fountain of Youth. Playing against Capt. Jack and Blackbeard in the quest for immortality, for me, Rush holds the film together. He is a constant.
There are cameos by Keith Richard and Judi Dench. Penelope Cruz is Blackbeard’s daughter and she has a thing for Capt. Jack which doesn’t go anywhere. Capt. Jack is Johnny Depp and Johnny Depp is Capt. Jack I am afraid, now for me, for life. Sorry. He has done too many of these. I kept wringing my hands and asking Johnny, silently: had he made enough gold, and if he didn’t want to save his career and start bleaching the character and the cockney out of his soul?
Ian Dury, whose solo album “New Boots and Panties” back in the late seventies exhorted the masses to “hit me with your rhythm stick,” is just as evil as ever as Blackbeard. That he could have sired the luscious likes of Penelope Cruz defies imagination and suspension of belief. I think casting was where this film breaks down for me. Without Bloom and Knightley, Capt. Jack appears to be somewhat bored and missing his compadres. I’m sorry; I have to quote Gertrude Stein- not the worst play one can make at any time. But here goes: “There is no there, there.”
The kiddies will love you for taking them!