The indestructible Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, “The Tourist”) is back in all of his swashbuckling glory in “On Stranger Tides,” the fourth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. But whether or not the box office will finally do him in remains to be seen.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”


Having shed his annoyingly sensitive sidekick Will Turner (Orlando Bloom, “New York, I Love You”), perhaps Depp will finally have full reign of the screen. He’ll certainly need it as he takes on all those mermaids and zombies, Blackbeard and even a feisty Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”). Hey, at least it’s not more vampires and werewolves. Captain Jack appears to have sold out to some pompous fool in a powdered wig and is now on a quest for the fountain of youth — located somewhere in what looks like Sandals, Jamaica.

But that raises a question. People love Depp’s character for being an outlaw and he’s the appeal of the whole movie. Disney knows the name “Pirates of the Caribbean” will draw people in. Of course they’ve packed the previews with sexy mermaids and glamor shots of the roguish, swaggering Sparrow. But who knows if the actual movie will be worthy of the rest of the franchise.

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