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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Johnny Depp
Ian McShane
Richard Griffiths
Geoffrey Rush
Stephen Graham
Penélope Cruz
Sam Claflin
Astrid Berges-Frisbey
Kevin McNally
Directors
Rob Marshall
Screenwriters
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
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Plot
Cap’n Jack Sparrow (Depp) is alarmed to learn that someone claiming his name is raising a crew to seek the mythical Fountain Of Youth. The race is on to find it, with Captain Barbossa (Rush), now the King’s privateer, Captain Blackbeard (McShane), old flame Angelica (Cruz) and a Spanish fleet all after the same secret.


Verdict
An overly complicated plot and poorly thought-out characters detract from the flashes of charm that Cap’n Jack still emits. Despite quality set-pieces and the best efforts of the cast, this is dull and crossbones.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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