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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Review

Captain Jack Sparrow is back.  After a disappointing third Pirates movie (At Worlds End), people lost interest in the Pirate series. But to be truthful, they lost interest in the series but not in Captain Jack Sparrow.  Johnny Depp donning the legendary role of Cap. Jack Sparrow has made a mark in the hearts of people. After the third installment, in 2007 grossed less than the second, Disney decided to make some valuable changes which worked this time. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are replaced by Penelope Cruz. And the Cehmistry between Penelope and Depp is just brilliant. The previous director, Gore Verbinski, was replaced by Rob Marshall. So a lot of changes were made to not repeat the mistakes as in the third installment. People even complained that the series which was about Captain Sparrow was also losing it sheen and Jack was not THE central character anymore. So in the fourth installment, Jack is back..with the Captain there somewhere 😉

Those who haven’t seen the previous series can also see this one without worrying much. The movie has not much connection with the previous three at least continuity-wise.  Storyline is somewhat weak I feel, but the performances are not.  My problem with the last two movies has been that they took the best part of the Series- Captain Jack Sparrow, and screwed up with the character. But in “On Stranger Tides” returns the Cap’n to his original form and thats what the part 4 is all about. Previous ghostly skeleton crews are gone and mermaid are in, that also in their dark versions. The movie is about  Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter(Penelope Cruz), who once dilly-dallied with Jack  are after it too. Few More lines/occasions like Jack’s delicious double entendre when Angelica recalls an earlier cruise and she was his first mate: “Was I the first?” he says. “I always wondered.”  Then there are zombies, mermaids,voodoos,swordfights etc which brings the movie back in the old groove. And in the center of all this is Captain Jack Sparrow.

Johnny Depp breathes life once again into the pirate movie with his smart, unpredictable best. Geoffrey Rush as usual shines as Jack’s best rival Barbossa, Penelope Cruz adds a layer of Oomph.. in the movie. McShane as Blackbeard is a welcome addition. I wish we could see more of her and Jack Sparrows’ teasing and flirting each other. What I didn’t like in the movie was the storyline (except the ending which was somewhat better), too many sub-plots and 3D. I’m not a big fan of the choice to make every big movie in 3D. And this one in 3D…POINTLESS and unnoticeable. I feel besides Avatar none of the movie deserve to be in 3D.  The mermaid fighting scene is just dark and brilliant.  The film makes an adventurous departure from the traditional view about mermaids.

However, despite all the complaints, On Stranger Tides is a worthy instalment. Cinematography is skillful,costumes, sets and period recreation is authentic, Hans Zimmer’s score is brilliant & scenes with the mermaids is beautiful and intriguing. What the film manages to deliver is what made its predecessors such fun to watch in the first place and which was missing for last two installments. More of a comedy with fantasy elements than an epic, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger tides will entertain you. Everything you like in the Pirate movie is back with this??Well not everything but still a lot of things.

Rating- 3 Out of 5

Watch the trailer of the movie here-


2 thoughts on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Review

  1. This one didn’t feel as epic as the second and third Pirates films and in many ways that’s a good thing. I also wish they did more with Captain Jack, but Depp is always amusing as him, and I still had some fun with this enjoyable Summer blockbuster. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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