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Movie Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
by adammoviereviews,posted May 20 2011 11:03AM
Rated PG-13 – 2h17
We as consumers must stand up and not support Hollywood when they churn out trash like this and expect us all to spend our hard earned money on it. It’s the only way to send the message.
Did I need to mention that Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is weak in all sorts of ways? I was tired of this series after the second installment. I will not watch another one again.
After crossing paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is swept aboard the ship of the pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) on a mission to find the fountain of youth.
It’s hard for me to express how overdone, draw-out and not fun this movie was. I caught this one on an Ultrascreen in 3D, because the showtime was convenient. I’m not a fan of 3D and I don’t think it added anything special this time around. It did make the movie look darker than when I snuck a peek without the glasses.
First, there’s the time factor. I want some kind of reward for watching a two hour and seventeen minute movie. I felt punished for sticking to the end credits.
Then there’s the wasted talent. I saw fleeting moments of grace from actors and actresses that I know have skills and talent. Cruz, McShane and 2011 Oscar nominee Geoffery Rush gave little to be appreciated. I hope it was at least a good payday for them. I think Depp is often a far overrated actor. Pirates 4 solidly backs that theory up. There’s a complete lack of chemistry between the players and it’s a bore.
Finally, add in all the work that went into this movie. Director Rob Marshall and Disney were obviously trying to make this look like and epic. It was a looker, but there was no thought behind it. Again, the 3D just doesn’t do anything for me.
From what I recall from the other Pirates movies, the quick-witted dialogue was it’s saving grace. This time around we’re hit with nothing but snappy catchphrases that have no deeper meaning. To quote Captain Sparrow: “Did everyone see that? Because I will *not* be doing it again.” Lets hope so.