Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


So, the fourth instalment of Pirates of the Carribean is upon us. While the third one wasn’t the absolute perfect end to what started out as an amazing franchise, the trilogy didn’t really need to be ruined with this.

Those who, like me, didn’t think it any good may put some blame on the lack of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, but really has nothing to do with that. I’m not that great a fan of Captain Jack Sparrow, but as a character he was perfectly capable of carrying a film by himself. I still think he can. But if they’re going to rely solely on one main character, they should give him something good to work with.  

On Stranger Tides is just lazy. I don’t want to be overly cynical and say Disney and Bruckheimer did it just for the money. But that’s probably just me being nice. I think the idea was good, the Fountain of Youth – very Pirates of the Carribean. But they just didn’t really do anything with it.

It has its funny moments, I will admit. And Johnny Depp is still good as Sparrow as he’s always been. Penélope Cruz, apart from the character being Spanish, is little unnecessary. She’s a lot better than what was given to her to work with. At one point I thought, oh there’s no female lead in this one. Cruz was in the scene that was playing at the time. Little awkward moment inside my head…

The problem is, it feels POTC-esque but it doesn’t really have the charm of an actual ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ movie. It is like an average straight-to-DVD sequel idea, with a big star cast, and lots of money thrown at it. I wanted this to surprise me, and I wanted it to justify having a fourth movie, but it just doesn’t.

I don’t think I’m going to dissuade anyone from seeing it, it’s a big summer blockbuster, and I’m sure everyone is already decided whether they want to see it or not. And I wouldn’t want to stop anyone from seeing it. Hopefully though, I can lower your expectations so you could possibly enjoy it more than I did.