Capt. Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past.
" "On Stranger Tides" feels as fresh and bracingly exhilarating as the day Jack Sparrow first swashed his buckle, infusing new reckless energy into a franchise that shows no signs of furling its sails. "
" Except for one moment in the climactic Fountain of Youth scene, I never once thought, wow, what a magical place I'm being invited to visit. "
" Ian McShane gives Blackbeard as much menace as a goofball romp can handle. "
" It's never quite clear what the relationship between Jack and Angelica is. Sometimes it's love, sometimes it's hate; it probably depended on who was writing the script that day. "
" I've never seen a film in which what was actually onscreen seemed so irrelevant. "
" There's little if anything here to keep us emotionally invested, and so the pile-it-on mutinies and sword fights and perilous dives off vertiginous cliffs exist just to wow us. "
" Depp, grimacing, edges in and out of the action and seems irrelevant and bored most of the time. "
" With further sequels already in the works, and billions more to be made, I would nevertheless like to point out that the wind went out of these pirate ship sails a long time ago. "
" Depp, back again as the swashbuckling miscreant who favors guy-liner and gold, somehow manages to keep this ship of fools afloat. But just barely. "
" It has the feel of a TV drama renewed for one season too many, a last, furtive run at the till before it closes for business. "
" Cutlasses flash, music swells, mast sways, critic yawns. "
" If you want to burden your movie from the outset, give it a protagonist who can't grow, can't change, can't feel and wants nothing. Then give Depp total license to mug his way out of this confinement. "
" Small kids won't really appreciate Johnny Depp either, though frankly he's getting to be less fun as the series ages, possibly realizing that what's riskiest in Pirates 4 isn't walking the plank, but jumping the shark. "
" Marshall deserves props for putting the "show" back into the Pirates business. But face it, he's polishing a giant turd. "
" Dead Man's Chest and At World's End meandered so far off course, and took so long to get there, that almost any Act 4 encore would qualify as a quantum leap forward. "
" The movie was written by "Pirates" stalwarts Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. They're funny guys, and the script might well be funny too, but it's hard to tell from the metronome rhythms set for the actors by the director, Rob Marshall... "
" The more sequels spun off, the clearer it becomes that one movie about these swashbucklers would have sufficed. "
" For all his faults, Gore Verbinski at least handled the action with panache. Those movies thrummed with derring-do. This one sinks. "
" Ahoy me hearties, No. 4 is surprisingly not bad. "
" The franchise is getting tired, but Penelope energizes it... "
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