Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Saw this movie recently.

In a nutshell, this movie is fun to watch, but totally pointless – there is no meaning in the story and the way the actors deliver their performances. The earlier movies in the series were better, and I would tend to believe that Disney has done less than a stellar job in making this movie.

The one thing we all like in Disney movies are the sets – the manner in which Disney builds the life-like versions of everything from an earlier age, with such attention to details that you could easily cheat yourself into believing that whatever you are seeing is all for real. This movie is no exception. Also, the stunts are good quality, I especially liked the fight sequences in the palace of King George II and then later on between Captain Jack Sparrow and Angelica on board the ship. I would call these sequences outstanding in the manner in which they have been acted out and the manner in which the director has conceived and captured the same.

Most of the rest of the movie is boring, and while we all watch intently, trying to capture everything happening in quick succession on the screen, actually the story is not captivating. The mermaid distraction was not necessary for the storyline, except to bring in a thrill factor and keep the movie going. The Spanish angle was somewhat confusing, and the destruction of the Fountain of Youth towards the very end by the Spanish was not understandable except for those who had read the story earlier. The final fight sequence amongst the Spanish, the English, and Captain Blackbeard’s pirates is confusing.

The movie also ends on a drifting note, with Captain Jack Sparrow walking away from Angelica……..somewhat unusual for such a movie as this which is based on an old adventure storyline. The best actor in the whole movie is not Johnny Depp – it is Ian McShane who acts as Captain Blackbeard. He demonstrates the grit and determination, the steeliness to move ahead on his mission better than anyone else in the movie.

My overall rating – just a 3/5, a 3-Star out of a potential 5-Star rating.


Vijay Srinivasan
29 May 2011


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