“Pirates of the Caribbean”: the franchise is known for its big blockbuster adventures as well as being box office record breaking films. The first one was good, the second one was ok, the third one was better than ok, though it suffered from much confusion. Now we come to the fourth installment: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. This installment will see if this franchise can become more than just a trifecta. Does “On Stranger Tides” keep the “Pirates” franchise going or does come to crashing halt. Prepare to be boarded with this review of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.
Story: The story is not perfect as there are many details the filmmakers could have addressed. That aside, even with little explanation, the plot is still understandable. The story is adventurous, well paced and not at all confusing. “On Stranger Tides” is enjoyable to watch.
Characters/Acting: The film has some pretty strong character development with the major characters. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about the minor ones. However, the strength of the major characters more than make up for the minors’ lack of development. Performances from Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush continue to entertain and newcomer Penelope Cruz has a good performance as well. However, the one who steals the show is none other than Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane. McShane captured the villainous Blackbeard well and makes a name for himself in the “Pirates’” rogues’ gallery.
Directing: This was the difference maker; Rob Marshall takes the director’s chair for “On Stranger Tides”. Marshall’s image of “pirates” definitely differs from Verbinski, as there was so much more of a swashbuckling tone to this new film. It is refreshing to see how another director interprets this franchise, especially when his interpretation is so entertaining
Everything Else: This has to be the most action packed “pirates” yet as the action seems nonstop throughout act I. The movie features several glamorous effects, but seems to have a subtle approach to it compared to previous two films; proving that being different can be a good thing.
Overall: “On Stranger Tides” brings something different to the franchise yet remains true to the essence of the “Pirates” series by being fun. It is indeed the second best in the series and the hat is off as “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides “receives 4out of 5 hats.