Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides (2011) is the fourth installment of Disney’s blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Given the tremendous popularity–nay, cult following–of the franchise in general and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in particular, there was hardly any doubt that On Stranger Tides will be an instant success at the box office. But that aside, just how good was it as a movie? Here’s taking a look:
Brief Plot of Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides
The movie starts off from where At World’s End ended, with Captain Jack Sparrow looking to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. But, Jack’s former first mate and sworn enemy, Barbossa has a head start on his quest for the Fountain. And then, there are the Spanish who are also trying to find the Fountain. To make matters worse, Jack has neither a ship nor a crew but is kidnapped and imprisoned on board the Queen Anne’s revenge by the deceptively charming Angelica (Penelope Cruz). The Queen Anne’s Revenge is commanded by the fierce pirate Black Beard, who is determined to find the Fountain of Youth and gain immortality in order to avert a prophecy claiming that he will die within a fortnight at the hands of a one legged man.
My Review of Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides
Firstly, On Stranger Tides lives up to its expectation for being another great action packed fantasy film comparable to the previous movies of the POTC franchise. Once again, Johnny Depp is brilliant as the enigmatic and ever resourceful Captain Jack Sparrow, the sword play scenes easily rank amongst some of the best ever filmed and the special effects are breathtaking (especially in 3-D) to say the least. Also, I think Penelope Cruz deserves a pat on the back for more-than-successfully filling Keira Knightley’s shoes as the major female character in the movie.
However, for some reason On stranger Tides fails to capture the imagination as the previous installments of the Pirates series have done. For one thing, there is a rather long drawn and melodramatic sequence between a mermaid, Syrena and a priest which is quite entertaining at the start but after while starts to impede the flow of the story. Further, the plot does not really stick and appears to be slightly far fetched even for a fantasy film. And last but not the least, the smart and charming Orlando Bloom was sorely missed. It was a bold decision to kill him off in At World’s End, but I wonder if it was the right one.