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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The fourth film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, directed by Rob Marshall

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Review: Fourth ‘Pirates' Movie Keeps Series Strong

  • May 20, 2011
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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 Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) searching the high seas for the Fountain of Youth. Along for the sail are newcomers the saucy Angelica (Penelope Cruz), Bible toting Philip Swift (Sam Claflin) and the sexiest mermaid since Ariel, Syrena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey). While Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane) are onboard, everyone’s favorite Pirate couple, Elizabeth Swan and William Turner, are MIA, but that didn’t stop On Stanger Tides from scoring above average when it comes to the rest of the series.

Never a dull moment between the captains Jack Sparrow and Barbossa, every line exchanged between the Pirate vets is golden. Even better was the chemistry between Bible Thumper, Philip, the missionary taken by Blackbeard’s crew and the mermaid they be needing only one tear from for the Fountain of Youth’s ritual, Syrena. The sex appeal that pair generates in their heart wrenching scenes will make you forget Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly were ever a part of the Pirates universe.

Keeping with the mermaids…Ariel and company have always made the fish/human combo seem like fun, musical delights. Pirates sheds that to pieces. At first the Twilight looking ladies appear cheesy and overdone, but Edward is a distant memory once the girls get going. Be prepared for the nightmares that will ensue after the most intense moment in Pirate history.

Did someone day cheesy? On Stranger Tides comes to moviegoers in the ever popular style, 3D. Yes, it has its positives, Johnny Depp popping out at you is as close as he’ll ever some to ladies swooning over the swashbuckler. Yet, the oh so “advanced” way of watching a movie made every scene on water look a little corny and cheap.  3D generates more money which makes the studios smile, but is it worth losing the storyline to “fancy” graphics?

Whether or not the graphics make audiences all for Pirates, the bottom line is that Disney has done it once again. They’ve taken a part of childhood (pirates, a beloved ride and imagination) and created another movie both children and adults will flock to. While the younger folks won’t get most of the somewhat racy jokes (“I support the missionary’s position”), all ages will be drawn into every time Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself in a bind…almost every part of the movie.  It’s safe to say if you’ve been a fan of the Pirates franchise from the start, you’ll love Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides so go and see it when it ports in theater, but even people who’ve never cared about the others and have no clue as to what they’re even about are in luck because On Stranger Tides is enough of its own movie to stand on its own, away from the previous triad. So no excuses because everyone can enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides out May 20.


Review: Fourth ‘Pirates' Movie Keeps Series Strong

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May 22, 2011
I gotta see this!! I wanna see Johnny D pop out of the screen for sure LOL Great review.
May 22, 2011
thanks :)
May 21, 2011
Thanks for the review. I've only seen Avatar in 3-D and I thought it was fun but the technology was unnecessary. 3-D is great for really wild rides, like roller coasters or edge of the cliff trains. Thanks to all the reviewers for their basically positive evaluations. I don't go to the theater for many movies, but this sort of scenic film needs the wide screen -- I put the James Bond and Bourne movies in the same category.
May 21, 2011
yeah it's just not a thing that every movie needs to be in. i really hope if disney goes for a 5th, that they ditch the technology and just focus on making the movie as great as it can be with storylines and action :)
May 20, 2011
Thanks for the heads up. As much as I'd love to see Johnny Depp really close up, I'll watch it regular since 3D hurts my eyes. Bonus points for saving a couple bucks :P
May 20, 2011
yeah, the 3D was my biggest dislike...no one needs 3D at all!
May 20, 2011
Awesome review! I think I'll stick to the 2D version, thanks for the heads up!
May 20, 2011
yeah, that 3D is not the business...
May 23, 2011
Definitely not and I'm not hopping on the 3D TV train either....
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Director: Rob Marshall
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: May 20, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Runtime: USA: 141 min
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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