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April 24th, 2014

Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tide Review

Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tide ReviewLast weekend I intended to go and see Priest and share a review of it but 3D movies make me want to vomit so you and I both missed out. Me on vomiting during Priest from nausea and you on my very non professional take on film. J Today Pirates of the Caribbean 4 on Stranger Tides has hit theatres and like a good movie fanatic I ran right out to check it out. I have been undecided for some time on whether the movie is just another cash grab or if Jerry Bruckheimer and Rob Marshall would deliver on another fun fantasy adventure about Pirate life. I quickly reminded myself studios make movies for money not fans and that this like every other movie made is a cash grab but is it a cash grab that we wont mind parting with our money for.

In Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley do not return but frankly are also not missed as this go around Penelope Cruz joins the cast as Jack Sparrow’s old flame and Blackbeard’s daughter and Ian McShane is in as Blackbeard. I am a huge fan of Penelope Cruz not only is she incredibly talented but she is drop dead gorgeous and has a sultry accent to boot. She proves that the current trend of airheads with ‘nice tits and great teeth’ ( can you name the director who said that recently? ) is unnecessary. You can still find a gorgeous actress whether they are under 30 or not that can act and do much more then be a hood ornament for your movie. If there is one thing that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has brought its some strong new characters and it’s true to form great acting.  The casting is spot on the acting is well done and the story, its not horrible is all I can fairly give it for a movie that was clearly conceived to bleed the stone dry.

The movie starts out somewhat blasé and frankly some of the action scenes looked ripped right out of the first movie including an early less then climatic sword fight scene. I am a huge fan of the first two Pirates of the Caribbean films and found the third film to be luke warm. Unfortunately although it’s not a bad movie Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is also pretty luke warm to me. It is neither unique or needed and comes off as a last stab attempt for Disney to milk more money from a movie franchise based on a children’s ride in an amusement park. Even with the addition of Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz and some new elements I found alot of the nostalgia factor gone and at times was looking at my watch.

The first half of the film is slow and at times boring but it does compensate with some great momentum towards the end and new elements including zombies, the vicious Blackbeard, mermaids and the incredibly hot and talented Penelope Cruz… did I mention her yet? The onscreen dynamic between Ian Mcshane, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp is definitely a highlight as is the twists in the end as the pirates and privateers finally find the fountain of youth. Unfortunately it cannot completely overcome the under thought action sequences and the many moments where I found it hard to connect with the scenes and the characters.

Overall Pirates of the Caribbean is on ok film but not a great film that is to disturbing for small children ( killer mermaids, zombies and lots of decapitated pirates ) and it’s a bit low rent for more mature film goers . I give the movie a 6.5 out of 10. But more importantly what did you think of it?

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  1. I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp, and I loved the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but this 4th installment  was a massive disappointment.  Penelope Cruz looked dull and un-interested.  I surmise she was feeling unwell during her pregnancy because she looked so uncomfortable throughout the film.  I like  McShane very much from his ‘LoveJoy’ series, and I feel he did a good job depicting BlackBeard, but he was not challenged at all.  This movie had so much ‘filler’ that was un-necessary.  The mermaids were not intriguing at all.  Not one character made me care about them.  It was predictable in several places with no surprises.  The story was weak and convaluted.  The ending made it pretty clear that another movie would be in the future, but who would want to see more of this let-down?   The story just made no sense.  There was no chemistry between Depp and Cruz and surely was not believeable if they were once supposedly hot lovers in the past.  I was yawning and fidgeting in my seat and tried to look at my watch throughout the movie, but it was filmed in such dark light almost all of the time.  It actually got tedious being in the dark, especially when the actors promoting the fim on TV programs said that it was made in Kuaui in Hawaii, yet there was very little scenery, only dark, dark sets most of the time.  Way too much fighting action.  Actually got boring with all the sword thrusting!  At the ending when Penelope blurts out a revelation to Capt Jack, his reaction is distracted boredom.  I had to agree with him!  If a decent story can not be found for future ‘Pirates’ films, it should mercifully end here.  A wasted afternoon where I went away feeling conned out of my ticket price! 


  2. mathiouss

     Sooooo they found the fountain of youth. great. You spoiled it for me. Jerk.


  3. Maribeljuice

    Well, I loved the movie I actually saw ot twice. I enjoy the stories a lot and because I’m a huge fan of Johnny Depp I did not find it boring at all. Th characters bring a refreshing touch to the Pirates Sequence. I’m looking forward to a 5th movie already :-) I say “Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides” is worth watching. Remember, the Pirates of the Caribbean saga is not supposed to be a comedy; so don’t spect ot to be hilarious. It is an awesome move with an awesome cast and an incredible script.


  4. FlokBox

    Again, your use of grammar is appalling. There are a couple of places in this review where you should have used a comma. Apart from that my main issue was with this sentence, “If there is one thing that Pirates of the Caribbean 4
    has brought its some strong new characters and it’s true to form great
    acting.”.I would have hoped that as someone who seems to be writing a fair amount for this website, you would have understood the difference between “its” and “it’s”. “Its” means belonging to it. It is one word and therefore does not require the use of an apostrophe. The word “it’s” on the other hand does. This is because “it’s” means “it is”. The apostrophe stands in for the missing letters. This is very basic english.


  5. FlokBox

    Again, your use of grammar is appalling. There are a couple of places in this review where you should have used a comma. Apart from that my main issue was with this sentence, “If there is one thing that Pirates of the Caribbean 4
    has brought its some strong new characters and it’s true to form great
    acting.”.I would have hoped that as someone who seems to be writing a fair amount for this website, you would have understood the difference between “its” and “it’s”. “Its” means belonging to it. It is one word and therefore does not require the use of an apostrophe. The word “it’s” on the other hand does. This is because “it’s” means “it is”. The apostrophe stands in for the missing letters. This is very basic english.


  6. FlokBox

    Again, your use of grammar is appalling. There are a couple of places in this review where you should have used a comma. Apart from that my main issue was with this sentence, “If there is one thing that Pirates of the Caribbean 4
    has brought its some strong new characters and it’s true to form great
    acting.”.I would have hoped that as someone who seems to be writing a fair amount for this website, you would have understood the difference between “its” and “it’s”. “Its” means belonging to it. It is one word and therefore does not require the use of an apostrophe. The word “it’s” on the other hand does. This is because “it’s” means “it is”. The apostrophe stands in for the missing letters. This is very basic english.



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