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Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2011
  • Rob Marshall
  • 130 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Fantasy adventure sequel starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush. Captain Jack Sparrow travels to London to find out who's impersonating him and recruiting a crew to go on a quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The blustering buccaneer is soon up to his neck in trouble, as he becomes embroiled in a race between Blackbeard's daughter and old adversary Barbossa to find the fabled spring.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Capt Jack SparrowJohnny Depp
AngelicaPenélope Cruz
BlackbeardIan McShane
Capt BarbossaGeoffrey Rush
ScrumStephen Graham
SyrenaAstrid Bergès-Frisbey
Philip SwiftSam Claflin
Joshamee GibbsKevin McNally
Captain TeagueKeith Richards
King George IIRichard Griffiths
TamaraGemma Ward
EzekielChristopher Fairbank
QuartermasterIan Mercer
GunnerDeobia Oparei
Society ladyJudi Dench

Crew

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DirectorRob Marshall

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2011-05-13
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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