Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

There's something wrong with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and I can't seem to put my finger on it.

Maybe it's the lack of the enjoyment factor, something that seemed to move towards the edge of the plank as the franchise sailed along. Yes, Johnny Depp is still magnificent as Captain Jack Sparrow, but the novelty of a weirdo pirate is all but gone. (Especially in the last Pirates of the Caribbean film, which I hoped was the final chapter). Most of the crew is back, but with an new romantic foil for Sparrow (Angelica played by the spunky Penelope Cruz).

As always, the pirate speak made most of the dialogue half-understandable, and the quest for the fabled Fountain of Youth wasn't as swashbuckling as the previous adventures. I think it's the lack of a good roster of supporting characters that made it the story a less interesting.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will not make any new fans for Captain Jack Sparrow and the crew. At worst, folks will get a sea-sickness type of feeling from the prospect of a another Pirates sequel.

Rating: 2/5

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