Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

I’m trying to figure out how best to establish my views regarding the Pirates of the Caribbean series, while establishing my opinion on this single film, the fourth in the series. I think the best place to start is by saying that my favorite film in the series probably have to be the third, At World’s End. From a filmmaking stand point, yes The Curse of the Black Pearl is unquestionably the best of the series. I just have such a blast watching At World’s End that I can’t help it.

Is the film that great when looking at it with a tasteful or artistic eye, no, not really at all. The film however is fun as hell and a huge guilty pleasure of mine. I honestly believe this can be said about all the films, on a quality level, the Pirates of the Caribbean series is not great, but I love the characters, I love the wit, I love where they start, where they’re going and especially how they get there. Above all I just love watching them and I think you know where I’m going with this. The same can be said when it comes to this new feature in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

In this fourth installment, you’ll find exactly the right ingredients: a fun adventure story, a good villain (a constant in this series), the best Barboosa subplot in the entire series and of course Jack Sparrow being Jack Sparrow. This film is right on par with the other Pirates of the Caribbean films and as a result, a fun time at the theater. My complaints on the film would come in the form of some screwball comedy and a dull love plot between a bible friendly crew member of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge and a mermaid, but this is all made up for in the idea that all these characters are respected. This is made apparent in the greatest aspect of the film, a revenge plot revolving around my favorite character in this film, Hector Barbossa and Blackbeard.

All and all, if you got any enjoyment out of the three first films, it would make no sense at all to not find enjoyment out of this film. And if I didn’t state it clearly enough already, then here’s the statement again; Pirates of the Caribbean is in no way cinematic brilliance. It is however, undoubtedly one fun trip to the movies and you can’t ask for much else.

Grade: B

One thought on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

  1. Of course, I loved the first three movies. I did like the fourth movie a lot, but I kind of wish that Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley were still in this movie. However, I think I can overlook that, since Johnny Depp is one of my favorite characters. Seeing Penelope Cruz star in this was welcome addition! Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was a very good movie and I plan on seeing it again soon once it is available on DVD. It’s awesome that it is coming out in a few days, because on October 1, the Blockbuster Movie Pass is releasing! I am really excited for this because the Blockbuster Movie Pass will give customers a massive selection of DVDs like Pirates of the Caribbean and games by mail. Since it if offered by DISH Network (who is also my employer), there are 20 channels that you’ll get in addition to the thousands of movies and shows you can stream to your TV or PC! Blockbuster also has many stores that you can exchange the DVD’s at and Blu-Rays are included! For all that, I think that $10 is such a great price. I can’t wait until the Blockbuster Movie Pass comes out so that I can see this movie again!

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