I may be in a minority but I don't think On Stranger Tides
is that bad, I was planning on seeing Attack the Block
but for logistical reasons I saw PotC IV
instead. On Stranger Tides
is not quite as thoroughly mediocre as At World's End
, but not as good as The Curse of the Black Pearl
or even Dead Man's Chest
, a big blazing ball of adequacy who's sole purpose is to keep the cash cow waddling along. Maybe a score of 6/10
Johnny Depp is good as always as Captain Jack, the bumbling anti-hero who seems to wing it 90% of the time, with Geoffrey Rush providing the foil as a now noticeably aging Barbossa, while Penelope Cruz is nice eye candy who's more convincing than Knightly at being a lady pirate. The underrated Kevin McNally carries on as Depp's sidekick, Stephen Graham is an OK new comer and Ian McShane is too calm as Blackbeard. The plot is more Raiders of the Lost Ark
than The Return of the King
, and all the better, with a trip to a Hogarthian London and the encounters with mermaids in a desolate rocky bay being the high point of the movie. If you tolerated or even liked the earlier sequels, this movie is alright, but if you hated the PotC
sequels with a venomous passion steer clear.
Going back on the antagonists, Ian McShane was not unbearable and looked the part, but his quiet sinisterness was more suited on The Pillars of the Earth
, perhaps somebody like Tim Curry could've been Blackbeard while magnificient bastard extraordinaire James Purefoy could've done a cameo as that mysterious Spanish agent who led those Spanish soldiers/marines.
My my the Black Pearl
has had an interesting journey through the past four movies...
First it was raised from the ocean by Davy Jones, then its crew mutineed then turned into the undead, it got washed up on the shore of a cannibal island, then it got dragged under the ocean again by the Kraken, then it turned up intact in the maritime afterlife (crewed by multiple Jacks), then it returned to the real world, then it nearly got sucked into that giant whirlpool, and now through more magic BS it's been shrunk by Blackbeard and placed inside a bottle...