Johnny Depp

Movie Review: Depp adds more depth to new Pirates movie

Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow has a heart in the new installment of The Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides—well, sort of.

The fourth installment of the Pirates franchise brings new life and a little more depth to the Capt. Jack Sparrow character zanily portrayed by Johnny Depp. I love watching Depp waltz through these movies as in a drunken haze. He is both wily and loopy deftly dancing across the ship’s deck and falling over obstacles yet always outfoxing the enemy at the last moment. He has met his match this time in the form of Penelope Cruz as Angelica, Blackbeard’s daughter, and Ian McShane as Blackbeard. We learn that Jack Sparrow and Angelica have a past and there might still be a spark underneath that rough Pirate’s veneer.

Penelope Cruz is both beautiful and brilliant as Capt. Sparrow’s adversary/former lover. Ian McShane is excellent playing the part of the heavy. He is formidable and dominates the screen with his presence whenever he appears. Geoffrey Rush is one of the few returning characters as Capt. Barbossa who is Jack’s sworn enemy. Who else but Rush, an excellent actor, could go from tutoring the king of England in The King’s Speech to fighting with pirates? There is also another cameo appearance by Keith Richards as Sparrow’s father who Depp says he patterned his character after.

For those who have not seen any of the previous Pirates movies, not to worry. This movie is a standalone and does not rely on previous knowledge of characters or incidents. For those who have followed the series, there is a warm sense of familiarity as in seeing old friends. Another plus is this movie is more character and story driven and relies less on special effects than those of the past.

For a good time with some crazy characters I highly recommend this movie. Who can resist warm sands, high tides, salty characters, and Johnny Depp? It ranks an A in my book.





My husband and I are movie nuts and, therefore, we look forward to the awards shows every year to see if our favorites match up with the voting members.

But I also like the shows for another reason—the fashionistas. Not that I will have any occasion this year to go to a formal event, but, if I did, I want to know what is hot and what is not. If my contacts can pull all the right strings I want to be appropriately dressed at Prince William’s wedding. LOL.

What is reassuring when I watch these shows is to know that even Hollywood royalty, who have dozens of fashion advisors, hair and makeup experts, and designers fawning over them can still make the same mistakes as us mortals.

Last night at the Golden Globes some wore their dresses beautifully and others their dresses wore them (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Some women had problems keeping the girls well contained (Rita Wilson, Eva Longoria, January Jones). Most had simple but elegant hair styles but Jennifer Love Hewitt and Scarlett Johansson went for the extreme. A critic described Johansson’s hair as the bride of Frankenstein and another critic called Hewitt’s hair as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

 What was the look Helena Bonham Carter was trying to pull off? She has a reputation for going for the bazaar but last night she looked more like a drugged out ballerina wearing an off-kilter tutu and mismatched shoes. I’m all for individuality—but two different shoes?! And they didn’t even match or compliment the color of her dress.

Two who always win the individuality award are Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. They, each have adopted a style that is uniquely their own but do it with class. Their styles always say, young, hip, and put together.

I have heard several commentators swooning over January Jones red gown but, to me, it looked like a swimsuit with an attached skirt.

The frumpy award of the evening goes to Sandra Bullock. The dress looked like her grandmother’s and the hair with the bangs coming midway down her face makes me wonder what she is hiding from.

The most understated look of the evening belongs to Tilda Swinton. It was so understated it was blah. An ivory skirt and a white off the rack shirt just doesn’t make it.

My vote for best of the evening is Claire Danes who was stunning in a simple but elegant hot peach gown accented with a large gold cuff bracelet with a band of diamonds.

My vote for worst—Helena Bonham Carter.