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Pirates “Stranger Tide” Review

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Last weekend my Wife and I saw Pirates Of The Caribbean Stranger Tides.  This is the fourth movie of the Pirates franchise with Disney.  I’ve seen all of the Pirates movies, but to tell you the truth, I kind of blur them together in my memory.  This one definitely stands out because of the cast changes.  In the first three pirates movies, you had a pretty consistent cast of characters.  Of course there was Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, and so on.  Well this time on “Stranger Tides” take out Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley and add Blackbeard played by Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz.

The plot of the movie centers around trying to find the Fountain of Youth.  Barbosa, Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard, and the Spanish all try to get to it first.  Along the way they run into mermaids and each other in some spectacular action scenes.  I suggest seeing it in 3D.  Lots of swords headed right for you!

Ian McShane really steals the movie with his performance as Blackbeard.  There’s some pretty cool things about the Queen Anne’s Revenge (his ship) that you want to see.  Johny Depp as always does a fantastic job as Captain Jack Sparrow.  It also still amazes me that Geoffrey Rush transforms into such a believable pirate.  It’s a well acted movie, but there isn’t much substance to the movie.  It’s a lot of action and not a lot of plot.

The only other thing about the movie that is a little disappointing is that it feels like it’s lost that Disney magic.  The first Pirates movie was exciting and you left it waiting for the next movie.  After seeing this one, I kind of shrugged my shoulders and said, “It was good.”

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