Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (3D) – Jack Sparrow and Barbossa set sail for the Fountain of youth, but have to outrun Blackbeard and the Spanish. The story gets from A-Z coherently enough, but clunks from segment to segment, with very little flow. Being the 4th film in the series, the old-fashioned adventure feel of the original is all but gone – drowned out by big/loud CGI. The one thing that does remain impressive is the original score, which is about the only fully effective aspect of the film’s components. Cast-wise, the mammoth franchise reels in some equally big names, and while they all earn their money you get the feeling that they’re nobody’s really trying any more – there’s also the most gratuitous Cruz cleavage since Volver. The 3D’s pretty sharp & impressive, and more subtle than other recent flicks. In the end, Pirates 4 is passable, but not much more than a quite boring, overlong money spinning, summer blockbuster.

Score: 3.5/10

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  1. mcarteratthemovies said:

    For once, we agree on a rating! I have seen this but can’t quite muster the enthusiasm to review it — that’s how unimpressed I was. Even Johnny Depp looked bored for the duration of the movie. I think the character of Jack Sparrow has long since worn out his welcome.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Don’t worry M! Pirates 5 and 6 are already in the pipeline.

      This is what happens when you create a franchise out of a single roller-coaster ride…

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