I skipped this film in theaters last summer because of the bad reviews and negative word of mouth. That was a big mistake. This was the best of the series so far.
Rob Marshall reinvented this series when he took over. There was nothing wrong with the previous storyline, but it had come to its conclusion in At World's End. Keira Knightly's and Orlando Bloom's characters were gracefully written out and the series was ready for something new. Marshall instead of staying with having one of the storyline about two young lovers who could never quite get together, started fresh with a completely different focus. In the past there was two or more major story lines. In this movie it pretty much focused most of the movie on the quest for the fountain of youth with the secondary story lines off-shoots of this quest.
I do agree that sometimes there were some logically problems with the story, but the way Marshall shaped the movie was to make it into the form of the old serials of the 1930's and 1940's, fast moving story with lots of action. He also put in a lot of humor along the lines of Jack's womanizing and drunken behavior as well as knack for getting into almost impossible situations. To all this Marshall used his background in dance to skillfully blend this action with appropriate music and visuals. The music was almost non-stop, which played well to get the viewer even more into the scenes.
I am looking forward to the next movie, not only because the way this one ended it set the view up for a sequel in so many ways. The reason I am looking forward to the next movie in the series is to see how Marshall will again do his magic again with Jack Sparrow and company.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise have always proven to be profitable, despite its somewhat lackluster sequels. Fans of the original film were a bit disappointed how the sequels didn’t turn out to be as fun. Well, Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall tries to return to the sensibilities that made the first film so much fun; taking inspiration from the story “On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers, Bruckheimer and company seems poised to take back the ’pirate … more
I recall when the first Pirates of the Caribbean came out that I thought it would be a terrible movie. In the first place it was based on a theme park ride. And in the second place it had a horrible title. When I saw it, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the clever and witty dialog and I enjoyed the simple, yet fun story. And best of all, Johnny Depp played one of the most memorable characters in recent cinema: Jack Sparrow. It was only a matter of … more
It took me two different screenings to fully absorb Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, one being a midnight screening and the other being a repeat screening with my Dad (it’s one of my favorite traditions). I actually had a chance recently to re-watch the trilogy, and the latter two still stand out as my favorites. I really dug the supernatural parts of the story like Davy Jones and his crew and how things slowly built toward that colossal, one-hour scuffle between … more
'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' directed by Rob Marshall is the fourth film of this franchise...And in my opinion, the best. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow but this time, except for Geoffrey Rush (Captain Hector Barbossa) and Kevin R. McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) there's a whole new set of characters that may or may not want to do him harm...including the beautiful, enigmatic, Pirate...Angelica (Penelope Cruz). … more
Usually I find a series to be worn out when they go anywhere beyond a third movie, but Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides changed my opinion on that. Although the 3D scenes made it a little too Disney cheesy, the love and hate banter between Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, terrifying mermaids, and the new “it” couple made me fall in love all over again with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The fourth installment finds Jack, Captain … more
Star Rating: Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio are amazing men. Their screenplays can confuse audiences just as easily as they can entertain. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the hugely successfully Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer franchise and the first to be released in 3D, is exuberant fun – and damn near impossible to keep track of. Some of the blame rests on the character of Captain Jack Sparrow, a man known for his lies, trickery, … more
One of our beloved characters has returned back to initiate this franchise into a new trilogy. While is taken as the fourth installment, On Stranger Tides is actually the start of a new trilogy because of the new totally different and unconnected story from the first series. The main story strangely revolves around the duel between Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane) building anticipation for the final stage of their on-going battle. … more
Here’s a sequence from the new Pirates of the Caribbean flick: Penelope Cruz is Angelica, and Ian McShane is Blackbeard her father. Johnny Depp is, of course, Jack Sparrow (there should be a captain in there somewhere.) They are searching for the Fountain of Youth. Depp leads the way, but they come to a giant, uncrossable chasm. For some unexplained reason, someone must jump into the chasm. Cruz volunteers, but McShane says no – Depp must do it. Depp balks, … more
For number 4 in this series, this bad boy isn't a stinker. I did miss Bloom and Knightley, but Depp is still good/bad ol Cap'n Jack, and Rush is back as well bringing his creepy elements to the whole story. Penelope Cruz adds a little feminine touch as the daughter (? is she or isn't she?) of the infamous Blackbeard. And speaking of feminine touch. I will NEVER look at a mermaid quite the same way again. Shudder. Who knew? If you … more
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Written by Ted Eliott and Terry Rossio Directed by Rob Marshall Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane Barbosa: You haven’t changed. Jack Sparrow: Implying the need. It’s fitting really that the fourth installment in Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series, ON STRANGER TIDES, finds everyone’s … more