Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides

Rob Marshall (2011)

130min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Johnny Depp rides out a rickety plot to keep the franchise afloat in Captain Jack Sparrow's fourth seafaring adventure. This time he's dropped the dead weight of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley and his wandering eye settles on the womanly shape of Penélope Cruz, playing the daughter of legendary pirate Blackbeard. It isn't an explosive match, but there's much push and pull as she brings him on board to find the Fountain of Youth and save dad from a prophesied fate. Ian McShane is a welcome addition as Blackbeard, bringing grizzled charm even while committing acts of great evil, while an underused Geoffrey Rush is reduced to blundering about as rival pirate Barbossa. As usual, the quest is long-winded and laden with splashy visuals (courtesy of Chicago director Rob Marshall), but thankfully Depp retains the ability to rise above the nonsense with his customary sly humour.

Summary

Captain Jack Sparrow sets sail in search of the legendary fountain of youth. His mission puts him up against a mysterious woman from his past, old enemy Barbossa, now in the employ of the British Navy, and the most feared pirate of them all, the dreaded Blackbeard. Fantasy adventure sequel, with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane.

Cast & Crew

Capt Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp
Angelica Penélope Cruz
Blackbeard Ian McShane
Capt Barbossa Geoffrey Rush
Scrum Stephen Graham
Syrena Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
Philip Swift Sam Claflin
Joshamee Gibbs Kevin McNally
Captain Teague Keith Richards
King George II Richard Griffiths
Tamara Gemma Ward
Ezekiel Christopher Fairbank
Quartermaster Ian Mercer
Gunner Deobia Oparei
Society lady Judi Dench
Director Rob Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 May 2011
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