I Saw A Film Today… Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Thar tale of dar Pirates of the Caribbean is a sad tale in me opinions. Ok, I will stop the pirate talk now. My apologies. But it really is. The Curse of the Black Pearl was actually quite good. Exciting, humorous, and action-packed, it had everything that you wanted from it. Dead Man’s Chest was alright but I felt that it had lost some of that same spirit that the first one had. And At World’s End was so horrible that I have decided to forget all details about it. And just when I thought this series had ended, Disney decided to go ahead and make a fourth, On Stranger Tides. I would be lying if I said I went into this one with high expectations and feeling easy.

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Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is up to his old shenanigans once again. He has made his way to London to rescue his good friend Gibbs from the gallows only to be captured himself. He also learns that someone is impersonating him. He finds out that the person who is doing so is Angelica (Penelope Cruz), a former lover who forces Jackie Boy to join forces with the legendary Blackbeard (Ian McShane) in order to find the Fountain of Youth.

But Blackbeard and the boys (and girl) are not the only ones in search of the fountain. A team of Spaniards are on the prowl as well. And not to mention one of Jack’s old nemeses, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). So the race goes on through mermaid infested waters and treacherous jungles to be the first to arrive at the fabled source of eternal life.

Thankfully this Pirates film does not go down the progressively sloping road that the other films have been going down. But to say it is a breath of fresh sea air is not exactly true. While it is better than At World’s End, it’s no Curse of the Black Pearl either.

In truth there really is nothing new about it. Granted, this one does have mermaids in it and introduces a few new characters. But it is more of a rehashing of the series’ somewhat shaky formula. What I’m saying is that this film in no way adds to the past films or has any new relevent developments. It’s just mediocre, which may be what fans of the film series has been looking for. I’m not sure.

Johnny Depp does his role the way he has always done it. He still slurs his words as always and stumbles about as if he has a permanent IV of absinthe in him. His chemistry with Penelope Cruz is charming at times, odd at others. And most of the supporting cast is just sub-par. Except for Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane, who are great as per usual.

I was considering saying to see this film. But then I realized that I would be uncomfortable suggesting you to pay $9.50 to see it. It’s good, but it’s not that good. In truth, me thinks it be about time for thar Pirates to take a swing on thar ole hangin’ rope.

Verdict: RENT IT!

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