The panda-eyed pirate fights on in the fourth adventure of Cap'n Jack Sparrow
WHAT JOLLY LARKS it always looks like Johnny Depp has when he dons the black eyeliner and dreadlocks that have become his trademark as Captain Jack Sparrow. On Stranger Tides, the fourth film of the pirate extravaganzas, opens all-guns-blazing, with Cap’n Jack swashbuckling his way out of execution with his usual panache against all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. He later finds himself aboard the ship of Blackbeard (the equally black-eyed Ian McShane) in search of the elusive Fountain Of Youth. With a vague love interest in feisty Angelica (Jack admits to “stirrin’s”, but wouldn’t go so far as to call them “feelin’s”), played by Penélope Cruz, their love- hate sparring providing plenty of comic moments. But this is a dark movie, which warrants its 12A classification. However, the gory sword fights and the scariest sirens you’ve ever seen (not exactly Disney’s usual portrayal of little mermaids) are offset by Depp’s amiable miscreant with a twinkle in his eye and mischief on his mind. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Cert 12A.
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