Things I Like: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides movie poster

While I thought the original film was a masterpiece, I didn’t have the same respect for the two sequels. Dead Man’s Chest was a decent sequel but nothing extraordinary. At World’s End was such a let-down that I practically gave up all hope on the series. But it’s been a few years, and On Stranger Tides seems to reboot the series a little bit.

Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Sure Jack Sparrow returns doing stuff he’s famous for. But I like how it focuses less on pirates and more on exploration. This time Jack Sparrow (among others) are on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth.

Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbosa Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Besides Mr. Gibbs, and Captain Hector Barbossa practically all the other side characters are new. Which is good, since I was really getting tired of Elizabeth Swann’s and Will Turner’s story.

Penelope Cruz Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Though I admit, most of the other side characters are weak and forgettable. Besides an appearance by Penelope Cruz as Angelica Teach, the only other characters (not villains) worth noting is some preacher guy and his mermaid girlfriend…

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Penelope Cruz

The film also has no real central villain. King George II’s troops led by Barbossa, the Spanish, and Blackbeard all share time giving Jack Sparrow a headache. Though none of them are super-evil, and that includes Mr. Blackbeard. Though he’s never going to win Father of the Year.

Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

But I say this movie was actually a decent watch, and even though it doesn’t hold a candle to the first film it was much better than the 3rd film. I also think it’s a tad better than Dead Man’s Chest overall. Pirates of the Caribbean fans should be pleased, but if you didn’t like the other films don’t expect this one to sway your opinion.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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