by Lorie Lewis Ham
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On Stranger Tides is the fourth in the series of Pirates of the Caribbean movies starring Johnny Depp as the charming antihero Captain Jack Sparrow, and it may end up being one of my favorites.
This is Depp’s first Caribbean trip without cast mates Orlando Bloom and Keirra Knightly so I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t be as good without them, however Depp pulled it off quite nicely. The movie brings back old enemies Captain Hector Barbossa and Blackbeard, and introduces some new characters such as Sparrow’s former love Angelica played by Penelope Cruz, a missionary played by Sam Claflin and a mermaid played by Astrid Berges-Frisbey.
At the beginning of this movie we find Sparrow trying to free a friend who faces being hung, as well as trying to uncover someone posing as him. But before he can succeed he is taken by Barbossa who wants the map that Sparrow has that leads to the Fountain of Youth. Against his wishes Sparrow gets swept up into the quest for the Fountain by yet another person looking for it; someone he may have once loved and who now claims to be Blackbeard’s daughter.
Stranger Tides is a wonderful addition to the story of Pirates of the Caribbean filled with pirate adventure, revenge, sword fights, mermaids and much more. Sparrow is his same quirky, funny, trouble making self but with some added twists of depth and brief moments of seriousness which I enjoyed seeing. However he remains ever true to the rascal pirate that he is. I loved Johnny Depp as always, and also enjoyed the missionary and the mermaid–even though their parts were somewhat small, they added to the story. The music as always was wonderful.
I highly recommend checking out this movie for some adventurous fun for all ages!
On Stranger Tides is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.