It’s a Pirates movie. You pretty much know what to expect by now. The problem with that is that, honestly, a lot of the swash has gone out of the buckle at this point. Johnny Depp in eyeliner is always pretty to look at and Geoffrey Rush is clearly still having loads of fun playing Barbosa. Ian McShane has really come into his own playing bad guys lately, but poor Penelope Cruz seems a little out of place here.
Big set action pieces abound and Blackbeard’s ship is pretty cool, but the movie is weighed down with a pretty flimsy mermaid subplot that could have been a lot better.
But it’s a fun enough way to spend a couple of hours on a hot sunny day – just don’t expect it to have the same fun and sparkle that the first one did (not that any of the sequels have even come close to it, so I don’t know why I’d expect you to expect it)…
Summer blockbuster tally = 10-2-0