Geoffrey Rush is also back as Barbossa, who continues the unlikely (though entertaining) evolution from Jack’s gleefully evil antagonist to a servant of the king (did England forget he vaporized entire populations in the first movie—what is their statute of limitations?) and a witty, slightly corrupt friendly rival of the (basically) good captain. Whereas the last Pirates seemed both jumbled and interminable, this one moves at a fast clip and opens with some sprightly action sequences (Jack’s escape from the foolish forces of her majesty; a fencing bout between Jack and Angelica) and continues to an exciting sequence with some enticing mermaids (of DEATH!) whose tears are needed for the Fountain of Youth to have some impact. The film is let down by Ian McShane’s muted (one might say lackluster) portrayal of Blackbeard, but Rush, Cruz and Depp are in fine fettle (I’m probably in the minority here but I thought Depp a little too manic and forced in the first three films; here he seems to have settled into the role--and the relaxed quality is mighty appealing). For the first time in a while, I am not dreading another Pirates film.