Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back this time embarking on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth. However Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) now under the kings command to find the fountain before the Spanish is on the quest too! However again, hot on their heels is the Pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his daughter Angelica Teach (Penélope Cruz) aldo looking for immortality but who if any will get there first!

On Stranger Tides is my least favourite of the lot, it just lacked a lot of the wit and charm that its predecessors had in abundance. The story is good enough but it felt less adventurous and more of a race. Each man had their reason for the quest but none felt truly gripping! It felt set aside from the original trilogy, which I guess is what the film makers where going for with only Jonny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally returning from the original cast, but it pushed the distance in the extreme. The lack of back story between Sparrow and Angelica Teach felt thrown together and the introduction of Blackbeard was lack lustre, and his character in general was so unlike the other loveable rouges we have come to know, he felt greedy, arrogant and totally unlikeable.

Why did I choose this movie, well its Pirate Appreciation month, and I also needed to close the set of movies! I’m not a huge fan of this movie but for what it is I can find enjoyment. Jonny Depp is perfect and if anything the chemistry between him and Geoffrey rush is even more spectacular. The escapes and antics feel somewhat staged rather than the explosion and surprise have come to expect. It is also a lot more land locked, jungle trips and running about London, not as much pen sea swashbuckling action! I may be going too hard as Stranger Tides does aim to start again without the reboot button, and a lot of new aspects are introduced which is fun! Give it a watch if you haven’t already!

 My Rating: C+
Format: DVD
I Own This Movie
Artwork By: H. Svanegaard

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