Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a Mr. E Movie Review

Director Rob Marshall jumped on ye old deck for the latest installment of the popular Disney ride turned blockbuster Pirates of the Cari-been-there Done-that 4…Sorry, I mean Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Reprising his role as the infamously enigmatic Captain Jack Sparrow is the infamously enigmatic Johnny Depp. Was that a little redundant? I thought so too.

Joining him on this expedition is new leading lady, and Sparrows first love, the beautifully generic Penélope Cruz. Also on board is rough and tough English actor Ian McShane who takes on the role of the notorious Blackbeard. While much of the crew from the first three installments return as the staples in this sinking ship they’re lead most notably by Geoffrey Rush’s performance as the one legged ever-so-piratey Barbossa.

This voyage finds Captain Jack running into a ruthless con artist named Angelica, played by Cruz, who happens to be an old love and also in search of the fabled Fountain of Youth. Suddenly forced aboard the intimidating Blackbeard’s pirate ship Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who trust.

What Pirates 4 has going for it is a lot of noteworthy swashbuckling action that includes amazingly designed sea creatures, awesomely choreographed sword fighting, and of course tons of great comedic moments! Plus, they didn’t go all overboard with the CGI! In addition, this new cast lead by the performance of Sam Claflin really keep this sequel feeling fresh. Unfortunately, the story leaves you wanting something we haven’t seen since the original and that’s originality. While Pirates 4 is an admiral addition to the fleet it’s still beginning to get a little stale. Johnny Depp was recently quoted saying he’d like to give the franchise a rest for awhile and I agree. Let some time past let the world digest all that it is and let’s see where we can go from here in let’s say five year.

All-in-all I give Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

“Not bad, not bad at all ye matey’s.”