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Pirates. Still hot.

Our review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Yes, we know it came out the other week, cut us some slack.

We went to a preview screening of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie a few weeks ago. Then there was some drama or other and we forgot to review it by the time the embargo passed.

But, seeing some journalists moaning on Twitter about how it ‘sounds awful’ (or some such similar drivel) and they’d heard it ‘wasn’t as good as the last ones’ we felt we had to wade into those salty sea waters and raise a cutlass in defence.

Pirate of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is really bloody good.

Maybe it’s in some part down to the fact that the cast have changed, with the drab Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley stepping aside for Penelope Cruz and Sam Claflin. (Cruz drags up as a man and Claflin gets his top off. Win.)

Maybe it’s because there’s two huge scenes where mystical sea creatures attack. Think Little Mermaid gone postal.

Or maybe it’s because it’s actually a really good story – lets face it, At World’s End was quite dire.

Thankfully, this tale of Captain Jack Sparrow – played effortlessly once more by Johnny Depp – in the search for the fabled fountain of youth puts the movies back on the right course. And this time round the Pirates franchise gets the (inevitable) 3D treatment. Yes, 3D might be slightly tiresome already but Disney actually do it really bloody well.

Our only (minor) complaint? Not enough of the monkey.


Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides is in cinemas now.

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