The fourth pirates outing starts promising enough, and glides steadily down hill to an ending that I saw as soon as I heard the phrase "fountain of youth". It all went downhill pretty quickly....proof that this series has come to rely on a pretty cut and dried formula, which, back in 2002, worked pretty damn good. Back then, though...Jack Sparrow was god. I left the theatre after seeing the Curse of The Black Pearl begging for more...and they delivered. Unfortunately, the movies just got progressively worse and worse, culminating in this anal abomination. On Stranger Tides as all the slick action and impressive visuals and epic set pieces that have become the hallmark of the series. On a technical level, it's every bit of the shining eye candy that you would expect it to be. Acting....I want Johnny Depp to distance himself from Jack Sparrow...as much as he can. The character has become him, and, while it was cool to begin with, now I just want him to die. Geoffrey Rush is...well...not awesome (never thought I'd say that). He's just kinda there, but doesn't really add much to it. Peneope Cruz is...well...same story. Totally unremarkable (never thought I'd hear my self say that I missed Keira Knightly). Now....Ian McShane as Blackbeard....now your cooking with gas. He was great. The showstealer. But unfortunately, he wasn't good enough to carry the film on his own. If they make another movie...which I'm sure they will (cashcows), I hope they bring back the Blackbeard character and flesh him out some more. The bottom line....Jack Sparrow is an annoying tool. Harder core fans of the series will probably like this...but I'm afraid I can't recommend it.