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Compuserve - Pirates of the Caribbean: OST Review

Compuserve: There must be a better way to spend $200 million. Think of all the fine independent movies that can be made: Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” a real gem, would come in at a fraction of the cost, big stars like Owen Wilson notwithstanding. It’s not that we don’t see why “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” cost so much, just that the interminable swashing and buckling, Deppish-swishing and chuckling, are repetitive, choreographed as though mayhem rather than grace were the desideratum, and who cares? What we look for in an action movie is, of course, action, but is it too much to ask for clever repartee when a budget can command top writers? Instead, we get such obvious double-entendres as Angelica’s (Penelope Cruz) comment to her still simmering love interest, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), “Why is it that you always have something pointing at me?”

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