Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth Pirates movie, directed by Rob Marshall, written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Keith Richards and a mini-cameo by Judi Dench.
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives in England only to find out that he’s apparently been recruiting sailors. He quickly finds that Angelica (Penélope Cruz), who he has met in the past, has been posing as himself to find sailors for the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s (Ian McShane) ship. They are trying to find the Fountain of Youth. Against his will, Sparrow ends up on the mission, followed by Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who was sent by the English king to find the Fountain himself but who also still has an open tab with Blackbeard.
I thought Pirates of the Caribbean was really a lot of fun. It’s pretty mindless, doesn’t make much sense when you think about it and the 3D really sucked, but it still ended up very entertaining.
I know that most people have been increasingly discontent with the Pirates movies. I have to admit that I don’t think that there’s so much qualitative difference between any of them. Yes, the first one is slightly better than the others, but not by that much. And Parts 2 and 3 where of exactly the same quality for me and I don’t think that the fourth movie now was any worse than those two: They were really very good entertainment.
The only thing where this film really wasn’t up to par was the 3D. At its best moments, it didn’t bother me. But holy crap how it sucked sometimes. Mostly, there were focus issues and it was just so unnecessary.
The other thing that bothered me was the annoying, coming-from-nowhere-going-nowhere-and-I-just-hoped-he-would-die love story between the priest (Sam Claflin) and the mermaid (Astrid Berges-Frisbey). But since that pretty much exactly my reaction to Keira Knightley/Orlando Bloom in the other films, I guess that’s a full success for sequeling.
As I said before, the plot or generally the film doesn’t make much sense. But seeing Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast completely ignoring that and gallivanting through it, is extremely entertaining nonetheless.
Summarising: If you’re like me and liked 2 and 3 about as much as 1, you’re going to like 4 a lot, too.