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Critique of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Stranger Tides
Walt Disney Studios

Let me begin by saying, no one wanted to like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides more than I did.  With two kids, three Pirates DVD’s on regular rotation, and “pirate” dialogue spoken in true form in our home on a daily basis, we had high hopes. Two hours and seventeen minutes after the screen came to life; those hopes were dashed like ships against the jagged rocks.

Void was the film of the things we have come to expect of our beloved Captain Jack.   No mention of the rum, no “the captain is acting a bit strange…er”, and no edgy, witty dialogue between protagonist and antagonist.  Though Johnny Depp brought Captain Jack Sparrow to life forever within minutes of his onscreen appearance in the first film, On Stranger Tides took its’ sweet time in giving us glimpses of our favorite pirate in form and action.  Now that isn’t to say we didn’t laugh and enjoy our Captain, it was just few and far between.

On a positive note, there were things in the film we enjoyed.  The introduction of Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane, was a treat with the sizzle of fire in his beard.  Penelope Cruz as Angelica did a respectable job of helping us forget about Elizabeth, and the history lesson of mermaid folklore and performance by Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Syrena held our attention.   Unfortunately, that was about it.

So, with any form of movie review, the bottom line is should you see this movie.  My answer is a simple one.  Gas is expensive right now, wait for the DVD.

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