Righto! I’m gonna do a review of Pirates! I’m gonna try to stay neutral about the whole thing, staying on a pragmatic note.
This is because Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was good… but not great. While the scenery was beautiful and there were some genuinely funny moments, it didn’t really blow me away.
Part of it had to do with the presentation of all of the elements, and the characters in general. While Johnny Depp is always lovable as Jack Sparrow, the story lagged and kind of dragged a bit. Also, the introduction of a mermaid and a missionary as characters was kind of weird, since there was little story focused around them.
Like much of the elements of the film, these characters were just… there. While the shashbuckling parts were good and the settings were great, other random elements just kind of existed without reason.
Off the top of my head, I can list zombies, the mermaid and the missionary, Blackbeard’s powers and ship, and Jack Sparrow’s new sidekick as elements that were added, then just kind of hung out for a while. Better integration would have been nice.
It bears repeating that Johnny Depp was of course delightful as the incorrigible Jack Sparrow. It’s always a treat to see him ambling around.
To be fair, the movie lost a good chunk of the cast and got a new director. It was a faithful attempt to keep everything feeling the same, and the effort was a good one. The general rhythm that we’ve come to expect was followed well, and the ever welcome music by Hans Zimmer was present as well to get us all in a good mood.
All in all, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was… decently good… I guess. Viewed as it’s own film, it was silly fun.
I dunno. It’s entirely possible that we’ve all become so saturated with the premise that we no longer find it all magical. It’s also possible that there is too much of a good thing, and that the crazy expectations that we all have for Pirates are all kind of unrealistic.
In either case, Pirates has already grossed enough money to justify making another one. But, I don’t know if it all is sustainable. It just doesn’t click like it used. However, the film deserves extra points for not featuring Orlando Bloom’s whining and Kiera Knightley’s shrieking, so it kind of balances out.