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Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides 1


Good pirates & evil

This title is like the previous in the series, for it does not designate the object of our protagonist’s desire. It talks about stranger tides, presumably, stranger than those with which we are habituated. Of those familiar characters, only Jack Sparrow & Captain Barbossa are still around – they were the real pirates anyway. In a very unusual way, they adventure anew to get what both had, both want, & both lost: the Black Pearl.

This time, they find that most peculiar ship magically enclosed in a bottle by an evil pirate. This awful creature is called Blackbeard, who can magically control his ship & kills people left & right. This evil pirate has had his death foretold by his fortune teller & so he searches for the fountain of youth. Apparently, even pirates fear death, but it is unclear how far they will go to save themselves. Blackbeard has great power & yet he believes in fate. – Jack Sparrow tells him he does not believe in his own fate, but is incensed that he should be free. Eventually, freedom must confront the most serious temptations. Captain Barbossa shows up with a wooden leg: the battle & the ship lost, he rather cut off his leg to be free than keep it & be a slave. He says he would give his left hand for a chance to have at Blackbeard – needing his right to drive his point home. Meanwhile, he has become one of his majesty’s privateers…

Jack Sparrow chases after this evil pirate’s daughter. It is unclear how far this chasing after her justifies his actions, but it should include mutiny, though unsuccessful. Similarly, his notoriously untrustworthy magical compass is unusually trustworthy this time. Deception is the rule of the game now. The cleverest seems to be the one who can lie to the others without telling lies. He can be straightforward without seeming straightforward. He can hide the truth behind the truth. Unfortunately, this means to be completely untrustworthy, for completely unpredictable. Jack Sparrow seems to labor under an ignoble burden: several people have come to understand his flaws, but nobody seems to understand his virtues.

The Spanish are Catholic to the hilt &, being the only Christians in the story, they are simply out to ruin the fun for everyone else. If they have their way, no longer will men chase after the greatest treasures in the most dangerous places. In short, they will make adventure impossible.

In closing, a note of humor: the man who was tied to the mast eventually makes love to the siren.

The last in the series

Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 1
Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2
Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2