Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Posted by on May 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Johnny Depp‘s iconic drunken pirate is back but does this movie hold any water or is it watered down? I’ll be honest I have now seen all four movies and the first one actually makes the most sense, however Stranger Tides is the second best out of the series. With that said the audience now knows what to expect from this franchise and its surprises just aren’t there anymore.

We find Captain Jack Sparrow hasn’t really changed much which is one of the good things about this movie, however there are too many things that go unexplained such as how Black Beard can turn people into apparently loyal indestructible zombie servants. Another thing I’m sure people will rave about is a scene where Jack asks a religious man how to be saved and then kind of brushes off the topic (meaning that he has no religion) and that means the few who believe in such topics have the potential to no longer be fans (but please take this with a grain of salt people it’s a fictional character).

Jack gets a crew and sets off to find the legendary fountain of youth, later we find out England is in competition with Spain to find this fountain and that Jack may be the only one who knows where it is. Where this movie succeeds is it’s action and much like the first Pirates movie will shock audiences with some of the violence allowed by a Disney movie.

What I found funny is that Disney unintentionally made Ariel from the Little Mermaid look like a blood soaked killer. If you have kids and they like mermaids this may not be the best movie to take them to see, as there are a few scenes involving people being eaten alive by them.

As much as I would like to give this movie a higher rating I believe this series should finally walk the plank. It just feels like they were trying to forget about the last two movies and reboot the franchise and I’m so sick of reboots!

6/10 FleshEatingZipper

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  • I know Depp loves being Sparrow, but too much of a good thing, you know? I’m surprised that, after At World’s End flopped, they were willing to make a 4th… I hate it when they milk franchises because they know that at least one of the elements of that franchise will sell. Which is why we have so many go’damn sequels coming out from Disney.