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“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth installment of the Pirates Trilogy… Yeah, I don’t get it either. Look, I don’t care if you want to make five, or six, or hell even thirty-two sequels to a movie. Just don’t call it a trilogy if there’s even a remote chance you’ll be making more… That goes for you too Scream 4! Once you’ve said the word trilogy, you’ve lost all rights to making more than three movies for that series. You can start a new series that features one of the secondary characters now as a featured role, but that’s it! That’s a rule now. So, let’s stop throwing the “trilogy” word around as loosely as the word “literally.” Sorry, I just had to say something. Now, let’s talk review. Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow… I’m sorry Captain Jack Sparrow, and this time he’s on his own. Well, that’s just to say Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) aren’t joining him this time around, but don’t worry Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is still around to give Jack a hard time. I’ve enjoyed the last few installments (notice I didn’t say trilogy) of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies… Well not the last one. At World’s End was a total misfire. It just had way too much going on at one time; way too many characters and overlapping storylines, which is also why losing Will and Elizabeth on this one really kind of helped. Although, that’s not to say they weren’t missed. This, for lack of a better word, skeleton crew, felt like it was missing something at times. I’m not sure exactly what it was that was missing, because at the same time it felt like just more of the same old same old, but something definitely felt off. Well, to me anyway.

In On Stranger Tides, some time has passed since the last movie, and Capt. Jack Sparrow finds himself once again searching for his beloved Black Pearl, which leads him to London. He also discovers that unbeknownst to him, Capt. Jack Sparrow is looking to put a crew together. Upon hearing this news, Jack decides to find out exactly who is impersonating him, and thank him for saving him the time of assembling a crew and procuring a boat. But when things don’t go according to plan, Jack finds himself a measly deckhand aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and under the command of the infamous Blackbeard (Ian McShane). One thing leads to another and you’ve got two crews racing to find the Fountain of Youth. Much like the other films of the series, everyone has their own agenda, and Jack’s playing every card he can to make sure he gets what he wants in the end. Johnny Depp is really great as Capt. Jack! And don’t get me wrong; I’m glad they’re making more Pirates of the Caribbean movies! I think Capt. Jack Sparrow is one of those characters that just lives to be seen on the big screen, like James Bond and Indiana Jones. The 3D is okay. It’s nothing special, but it does help that it was actually shot in 3D and not just converted for the sake of ticket sales. Overall, On Stranger Tides is a nice addition to the franchise. Until next time, drink up me hearties, yo ho!