Movie review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Jerry Bruckheimer Films


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was probably better than a fourth sequel can be expected to be, but it wasn’t as fantastic as it could have been.

It was a good movie, but it was definitely missing something. It left the audience wanting more but not in a good way.

The fight scenes, Jack Sparrow’s witty sarcasm and a hot pirate broad all felt like a Pirates movie should, but it wasn’t quite the same.

The plot twists were too predictable and the producer’s attempts at suspense and surprise were weak, if there at all.

Overall, the movie failed to pull its audience in. The other three Pirates movies all do a great job of immersing audience members in the story and making them forget the outside world for a couple hours, but this movie was lacking.

It was a weaker, thrown-together version of the other movies.

The other problem was, believe it or not, Sparrow himself. He has been the favorite character of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies for so long, but this movie nearly ruined him for audience members.

Johnny Depp’s acting was still marvelous, but a Pirates of the Caribbean movie really shouldn’t have just one main character.

In the first three movies, the plot was split equally between Jack, Will and Elizabeth, with a few sideplots with other characters. Making Sparrow the only main character was a mistake.

It worked at first, but when the movie got more serious, he just couldn’t do it. Sparrow used to be the comic relief in a serious storyline, but his dry humor doesn’t work as well when he is the main character.

Another main issue was spotted in gaping plot holes. Sparrow’s father appeared for two minutes for no apparent reason except to tell him what he needed for his journey. It seems like producer’s just needed a way for Jack to find out what to do so they threw his father in there.

It also seemed like the producers pulled the ending out of a hat at the last minute. It was never made clear where the mermaid took the missionary or why Jack marooned his true love on an island after going through the whole movie obsessing over her and saving her life. That part of the ending just didn’t make sense.

Despite these flaws, On Stranger Tides did have some redeeming qualities that made it an overall good movie. It kept the minor love story that is always woven into these movies, but it made it unique and more interesting than the other ones.

The missionary falling for the mermaid was the one unexpected part of the movie, and it was the sweetest part. It balanced out the quirky, dysfunctional love shared by Jack and Angelica.

Blackbeard was the other saving grace. His dark, fright-inducing presence really brought the movie full circle, and his voodoo powers were downright awesome.

So, the flaws and the strengths balanced each other out to make Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a pretty good movie.



I give it: 3 out of 5 stars


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Movie review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

by Katie Ardmore time to read: 2 min