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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 01:03am on 27/05/2011 under ,
Last Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] esrblog and I met up with [livejournal.com profile] pmat, [livejournal.com profile] shakati, and [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov and we all set sail for Disney's latest flagship effort; "Pirates of the Caribbean 4--On Stranger Tides."

Those of my readers who read science fiction and fantasy (that is to say, most of you) may recognize that "On Stranger Tides" is a novel by Tim Powers, set in a colonial-era Caribbean where voodoo magic is real and zombies are everywhere. However, other than that fact there are only two plot elements taken from Powers's book: the concept of Blackbeard as a magic-using pirate, and a race to find the Fountain of Youth.

This time I don't need to give away any spoilerish details to give my opinion of the movie. It has something of the eerieness and intensity of the original POTC, and some great banter among the characters (including Depp as Jack Sparrow and Penelope Cruz as Angelica who, contrary to some critics, have a reasonable amount of chemistry). I thought the movie lacked the rollicking, laugh-out-loud silliness of POTC 2, my favorite movie of the franchise, but still enjoyed watching the filmmakers wend their way from Point A to Point B.

Okay, I do need to emit one spoilerish thought. Here it is. )
Mood:: 'amused' amused

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