[Review] Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Dir: Rob Marshall
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane

At the time of writing, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has received 39% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. On Metacritic, it has received 52 out of 100.

I wanted On Stranger Tides to be brilliant. Sadly, I have to agree with Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. On Stranger Tides is very average.

I can’t really place my finger on it but I just didn’t find the story or characters that exciting.

Captain Jack and Barbossa were, of course, brilliant. However, I wasn’t that keen on some of the new characters. Well, apart from Blackbead. Ian McShane makes a great pirate.

On Stranger Tides seemed to introduce an overwhelming amount of new characters. However, little is revealed about them.

If you take On Stranger Tides as a new beginning to the franchise, I would have preferred less characters and more background to the one’s that are introduced.

Take Philip. This is the first time in Pirates history that religion has been introduced. Philip, however, is a very plain character. He spends the first part of the film tied to a mast and, in my opinion, that’s where he should have stayed. The character should have been developed more. A lot of Pirates characters are OTT and, as Pirates‘ first missionary, he should have been a lot more outspoken.

I love the haphazard nature of the Pirates franchise but there seemed to be too many characters and too much going on.

I have to admit, as the film went on I was starting to miss Will and Elizabeth…

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