Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Hey guys!
Another day, another Pirates of the Caribbean movie review. As I’m watching my way through the franchise, I almost made it to the very end. On Stranger Tides is (at the moment) the penultimate film!

The Plot (according to RT):

The checkered past of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) catches up to him when he encounters Angelica (Penélope Cruz), a beautiful pirate that Jack once loved then left. Angelica forces him to accompany her to the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the notorious Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Accompanied by a zombie crew, the trio sets sail to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. However, Jack’s rival, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), also seeks the fountain, as does a ship from Spain.

The Rating:

This is probably my least favorite film in the franchise. As a whole, they failed to capture my interest and make me care for the characters. The only thing going for the film is some shots that are beautiful but otherwise, it’s 137 minutes of my life that I will never get back.

The thing is, there is a lot going on in this film, it’s just that you won’t give a damn about any of it. There is not enough substance to get you invested in any of it. There are a lot of new characters that have about as much depth as a puddle on a sidewalk. While the initial trilogy has many memorable moments, lines and *characters*, you’ll forget you ever saw this one before the credits have finished rolling.

Somehow they keep getting tangled with bringing back as many familiar characters as possible vs introducing new ones to actually have a story to tell and somehow they end up doing neither justice. It’s just a very convoluted story fully of people you don’t care about because they just never have enough depth. I honestly don’t know what else to say other than skip this. Unless you are really in it for the aesthetic alone, this is a waste of time. Sure, it’s filmed beautifully and the special effects are good but other than that that film really had nothing that I’d put on the pro side.

Do yourself a favor skip the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. You won’t miss a single thing if you don’t watch it, as it’s mostly disappointing through and through.

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  1. Yeah, I couldn’t get into this one at all. Plus, I think having Rob Marshall as the director was a bad choice as it just didn’t click with me as the predecessors did which is why I didn’t bother watching the last film.

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