Despite a better plot and humor than previous sequels, "Pirates” still fails to live up to the original
The title song is nostalgic and reminiscent of summers past. A familiar, drunken pirate sets sail on a large ship, heading towards a mysterious goal. This time, the title is slightly different, and a few key character change, but not much else. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is similar to its three predecessors, but with a more understandable plot and funnier moments than "Pirates" two and three; it is enjoyable but not worth the money.
The second and third "Pirates" movies' plots were terribly confusing, but "On Stranger Tides" was pretty straight forward. Unfortunately, the story line was drawn out and boring, and left audiences unsatisfied. The ending is obviously leading up to a fifth sequel and, although these profits might boost the economy, there is little else to draw out of such an overworked movie series.
Cruz's fresh presence is welcomed as her acting and chemistry with Depp shine a light on the movie's dark points. She brings humor to the movie, and every fight scene that she's involved in is fun and entertaining. As usual, Jack Sparrow was an incredibly interesting and hilariously entertaining presence, and will surely sustain his place as one of the most memorable movie characters of all time.
The graphics and fight scenes, which were intricate and masterful, were a step up from previous "Pirates" installments. Mermaids, while they were actually portrayed by human actors, were digitally altered to create a extremely beautiful, yet creepy creatures. Every fight scene was riveting and fun to watch, unlike many fight scenes in previous "Pirates" movies.
What really brings this movie to a sub-par level is the fact that it is not really related to any of the previous movies. Of course, some of the characters maintained in tact, but much of the creepiness and majestic qualities of the original movies were lost. The film's comedic moments were were fewer and farther between, as opposed to the previous installments. "Pirates" is just a movie franchise that should quit while it is ahead, instead of dragging out a strained and frankly boring concept.
Liv Jacobson. Liv is from the class of 2012 and has greatly enjoyed her time on Silver Chips Online. She's most known for her entertainment stories, and thus came about her nomination as Entertainment Editor. She loves everything about pop culture and isn't afraid to admit it. … More »