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The film starts out with ominous music. An old sailor is discovered who was once on a ship that was looking for the Fountain of Youth...200 years ago! This sets off a frenzy to look for the Fountain. You would think without Orlando and Keira, the movie would be a bust. What I missed more than those two stars were the minor actors who played the crew. They were colorful characters who we have come to know. Alas, except for a few, they're gone. The action is the same: sword fights, impossible escapes, humorous dialouge, and unexpected turns. We get to meet Jack's father and Angelica Malon (Penélope Cruz) the later of which Jack supposedly deflowered right before she was getting ready to take her vowels in a Spanish convent. No surprise there.

Now in order to use the Fountain of Youth, there must be a ritual. We discover early on the ritual requires two silver chalices and a mermaid's tear. We also discover that the Black Pearl has been sunk and Hector is working for the crown. Through a series of events, Jack becomes Shanghaied on Black Beard's (Ian McShane) ship. We have 3 groups after the Fountain, the Spanish, the English who have Gibbs who has memorized the map, and Blackbeard. While Jack is in the hold, Angelica is Black Beard's first mate having convinced him she is his long lost daughter. As always in these movies everyone has their own ideas, desires, and shifting alliances.

The group must go on these quests to gather the items before going to the Fountain. (I see an RPG in the making.)

The silver chalices are not just any 2 silver chalices but the ones that belonged to Ponce De Leon.

The mermaids have the beauty and allure of a Siren, but when they attack they have super-human strength and vampire teeth, making their capture a bit tricky and deadly. I fell in love with the doll face of the first mermaid (Gemma Ward who actually plays a character called Dollface in "The Strangers".) I know this is a Disney movie and this should go without saying...The mermaids are indeed topless, but the camera angles, hair and arm placements prevent any kind of "R" view. There might be a parent or two concerned due to some of the photos that are out there.

One piece of dialouge:

Jack: "You lied to me by telling me the truth?"

Angelica: "Yes."

Jack: "That's very good. I'll have to use that."

Good View on the big screen. Lacks the ornate special effects of the other 3 movies as well as many of the characters. It appears they did this on less of a budget in order to get a larger net return. 4 1/2 stars.
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on February 2, 2013
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D (Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack) [3D Blu-ray + 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]The fourth adventure of Captain Jack don't go as smoothly as the preceeding three, I'm afraid, my lads. But if you choose to embark on this lighter tale, then I suggest you read this, so you can heed the warnings, to know on which seas you'll set sail.

Sparrow has lost the Black Pearl (again)... and he has been captured by the King of England who's looking for the Foutain of Youth as well as the Spanish. The first 10-15 minutes are quite smart, showing Sparrow at what he does best: getting in to trouble. Then, ah, my mates, this is where it all goes downhill. Sparrow meets a past lover who imitates him (a nice but long and tedious silhouette and sword fight) and ends up on Black Beard's ship... he too, is looking for the Foutain.

I won't spoil anything more for ya, mateys, but if you must know, here's what NOT to expect: ships fighting each other on the troubled seas, epic scenes of chase and weird looking enemies... oh, and Johnny Depp's Sparrow feels a few miles off his rocker. It's sad because I really wanted to like this film, but it becomes apparent that Disney wants to turn this into a family franchise. Every attempt from Black Beard to prove how evil he is only shows how evil he is NOT, more like a tired old man mumbling on how evil he is.

Many people probably like this movie, and there are quite a few things to like, also... a scene with mermaids that takes a more twisted turn than anticipated, a few dialogues here and there, but for me, Captain Jack is still away at sea, awaiting the credits of "At World's End" to roll...

As for the special features, this four-disc edition (I have the steelbook so there was no digital copy), they are interesting, but not as fun and in-depth as the first three... the behind the scenes documentary is watchable to see Johnny Depp working with the filmmakers, something that was overlooked in the former films... but most of that feels like the movie: tedious, long and not bringning anything new to the table.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 25, 2013
The Pirates of the Caribbean sequels felt forced, somehow, after the surprisingly entertaining Curse of the Black Pearl. They were too long, and lost some of the adventure somehow.

On Stranger Tides loses Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly, and you probably won't even notice. Depp is joined by Salma Hayek's less busty friend and Ian McShane, and naturally Geoffrey Rush is still around. As one single narrative the movie moves along at a fairly brisk pace, the corny humour is intact and the trademark music swells and exclaims when it should.

If it has a flaw it's that McShane almost feels underutilized and there is relatively little on-ship stuff - the majority of the movie takes place on land. There's also a painfully awkward mermaid story beat, but it doesn't account for an awful lot of screen time.
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on November 28, 2011
Either I have seen too many movies or this one just didn't cut it. It seems all the money was spent on the set design and actor payroll rather than on the script. It was just plain boring, predictable, seen it, been there done that. Come on Hollywood, you can do better than that.
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on March 29, 2014
Not as high quality as Oblivion. Still it is a strong movie, a good one in the series, wich is an especially reliable source of entertainment. We miss E. Swan and W. Turner anyway. The idea behind the story is not very realistic, as usual, but all what happens is interesting and funny. There is plenty of action, as expected. And as always, Jack Sparrow is the character that defines the movie. I bought it for my 13 year old son who was complaining that his tetralogy was incomplete. I will certainly be watching this one again in the future.
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on January 22, 2012
This is a great movie and fourth instalment in the pirates series. This movie, in my opinion, is not as good as the others. That however should not retract from this movie. This movie is a great look into the life of Jack Sparrow without Will and Elizabeth Turner. You get a deeper look into his past (and a better understanding of it), you also better understand who he is and why what he does what he does.
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on December 11, 2011
Some of the critics said that they thought this 4th edition was inferior. I disagree. It was the usual fun that one expects from Johnny and the Pirates. . But, also, it took a lot of different twists that were unlike the others.Penelope Cruze was a delightful addition. I did not think that they could make 4 Pirate movies that were good. They did it.
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on February 2, 2012
This film goes back to the roots of the franchise and is a fun movie about pirates. The story will not amaze you, and the villain is fairly generic. But it does have Jack Sparrow being awesome, and have some exciting fight scenes. This is a solid family film and should not be skipped.
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on January 3, 2012
I believe this title was appropriate--these were "stranger tides" indeed. I found the movie weird--it just didn't seem to feel the same as the other three movies. Perhaps the absence of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley was felt and altered the feel of the series.
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on February 26, 2012
Pirates is a visually enjoyable movie, with fairly good acting - the plot is rather thin, and the strange way of drawling voices makes it difficult at times to follow the dialogue. This Blue Ray version is a definite improvement over non HD views.
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