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Throw in an element of seductive fangs from the teen vampire kitty and continue the swashbuckling franchise-journey of Captain Jack Sparrow and you're standing firmly on the deck of the Pirates of the Caribbean 4 ship.

movie reviews Updated: Nov 11, 2011 23:58 IST

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Walt Disney
Rs 499
Rating:***

Throw in an element of seductive fangs from the teen vampire kitty and continue the swashbuckling franchise-journey of Captain Jack Sparrow and you're standing firmly on the deck of the Pirates of the Caribbean 4 ship. Well, being all maritime and all that, the vampires are stunningly beautiful sirens. (For those not well up on your Greek mythology, let's just say they are evil man-munching mermaids.) But at the nub of the movie is — no, not Keith Richards as Captain Teague who saves his son Sparrow's life, shares a grog with his son and disappears after giving him advice — but the Fountain of Youth and the search for it. The Spaniards are after it; the English are after it, having taken the help of 'ex-pirate' Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush); as is Sparrow along with the notorious Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

Johnny Depp's portrayal of Sparrow is so well-established by now that his presence is like water on a fish's back. Penelope Cruz plays Sparrows old flame (whom he had dumped) Angelica, who turns out to be Blackbeard's daughter. While the substitution of Keira Knightley's character of Elizabeth Swann for Cruz's Angelica is refreshing, there are two clear winning presences in the flick: Walt Disney productions' special effects and McShane's underplayed Blackbeard. You may catch yourself staring into the tailbit and cascading tresses of the many sirens you'll encounter in the film. All in all, the Rob Marshall-directed POTC 4 is a treat for the eyes but doesn't quite stay lodged in the brain. Perhaps, the perfect metaphor for an elixir of youth. Even if the bloopers in the DVD's extra features are particularly unfunny.