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Review: Pirates of the Caribbean- On Stranger Tides (2011)

See that proverbial dead pirate horse? See that Disney dude beating it? Yup.

Captain Jack Sparrow is not only still alive, but apparently, still doing enough things to warrant a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. In this chapter, Jack has ditched Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner for Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane). This time, the gang is after the mythical Fountain of Youth.

This fourth installment of the franchise is an obvious exercise in how movie-goers will see things that they know. While completely unnecessary, On Stranger Tides does make a solid Pirate’s movie. After all, it couldn’t get much worse from the drawn out, confusing plot of the third installment, At World’s End. The absence of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom does, however, hurt. The chemistry between Cruz and Depp is no match between the strange love triangle of Knightley, Bloom, and Depp. On the bright side, there was actually a new character introduced that was not completely one-dimensional. That, of course, was the missionary Phillip. The film doesn’t match the scope of the other three (The creators mentioned that they couldn’t get much bigger), but that actually helps make it feel like a separate entity out of the group, instead of blending all into one memory of boats, pirates, and rum. Supposedly, they hope to start off another trilogy with On Stranger Tides. Let’s hope this is the last time, even though it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

My Rating: B-


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