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"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides" - {Blu-ray} - (Ed)
Edward McNulty
Studio: Disney
Release Date:
Special Features:

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The pirate silliness continues in this Disney film that combines the genres of fantasy and swashbuckling. Johnny Deppís Captain Jack Sparrow again seems like heís spaced out on some weed or mushroom derivative. The action in the first sequence set in London is superb, with Jack coming to the rescue of his about to be hanged friend Gibbs (Kevin McNally). The episode in King George IIís (Richard Griffiths) palace, Jack escaping by swinging on a chandelier and dashing precariously across tables, is worthy of an Errol Flynn movie, and the chase through the streets of London is thrilling, with so many close calls. All this was shot in daylight, making many of the later night scenes (too many of them) seem all the murkier.***

Jack and crew set off in search of the Fountain of Youth, encountering deadly rivals and ravenous mermaids along the way. Although far shorter than the previous bloated film, at over two hours this is still too long for me, with its numerous subplots popping up.***

There is a three-way competition to find Ponce de Leůn's mythical Fountain of Youth (though in this film it is apparently not in Florida, there being so many rugged mountains in the scenery). . Jack, who still wants his Black Pearl, is searching for the Fountain; Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), now working for King George seeks it; and so does the ruthless Blackbeard (Ian McShane), along with his daughter Angelica (Penelope Cruz). Turns out that Jack had had an affair with her years earlier when she was in a convent.***

Special Features:

Audio Commentary by director Rob Marshall/

Bloopers of the Caribbean/

LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack's Brick Tales/

Disney Second Screen

Legends of On Stranger Tides/

In Search of the Fountain/

Last Sail/First Voyage/

Under the Scene: Bringing Mermaids to Life/

Deleted and Extended Scenes with Intros by director Rob Marshall

Final Words:

Director Rob Marshall keeps things moving at a fast pace, but at times it seems like we are watching three separate movies, many of the principals having little screen time together. The injection of Philip (Sam Claflin), supposedly a missionary, into Blackbeardís crew, adds a slight spiritual touch. Philip tells Jack that redemption is possible for him, indeed for every man, but later, witnessing Blackbeardís cruelty, he admits that he might be mistaken. Thatís about as deep as the film gets, it basically being a popcorn-fueled fantasy, designed to lure us into a cool theater away from the summer heat and day-to-day concernsóand now into a video store to buy the combo package for more mindless viewing at home.


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