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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Tides
If you ever needed proof why you shouldn't listen to critics, the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, part 4 in the series, is it. Part 2 and part 3 received quite a thrashing from critics despite still cashing in pretty big at the box office. So, there's no reason why they would treat part 4 any different. But that's just it. It is different. Without Orlando...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
To be fair this is no different to other series of films, it doesn't seem that directors etc know when to stop. First 2 films were excellent and it should have stopped there. Found this predictable and boring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long, 6 Jan 2013
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To be fair this is no different to other series of films, it doesn't seem that directors etc know when to stop. First 2 films were excellent and it should have stopped there. Found this predictable and boring.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Tides, 30 Jan 2012
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If you ever needed proof why you shouldn't listen to critics, the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, part 4 in the series, is it. Part 2 and part 3 received quite a thrashing from critics despite still cashing in pretty big at the box office. So, there's no reason why they would treat part 4 any different. But that's just it. It is different. Without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, whom you won't even miss having in this film, you should expect a new storyline and new characters and that's exactly what you get. Barbossa and Gibbs are back, but other than Captain Jack, Jack the Monkey, and even a cameo from Jack's father (Keith Richards), you have a whole new cast of characters.

The film picks up with the same plot where the last one left off, with the Fountain of Youth being the focus. Captain Jack escapes the gallows with Gibbs only to discover someone is impersonating him and getting a crew together to go find the fountain. The imposter turns out to be Angelica Teach (Penelope Cruz), the daughter of Blackbeard (Ian McShane) who wants to find the fountain to save her father from a doomed prophecy.

Angelica and Jack apparently have a past love interest together and she tricks him into joining the crew because she knows he has the map and that he's been to the fountain. But to get the spell of the fountain to work, they'll have to collect certain items that are needed, including the tear of a mermaid. So, the movie becomes a race for Blackbeard's crew, the Spanish, and the English, to collect the items needed and get to the fountain first!

Blackbeard is a colorful and well played evil pirate. You can expect the same entertainment that you got from Davy Jones and Barbossa in the previous films. Cruz definitely holds her own in the cast of men. Depp is Jack through and through, prancing about and always cleverly escaping trouble. And Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa again is up to his old conniving tricks, undercover on the English side, despite having a peg leg now.

The movie provides lots of fast paced action mainly in the form of sword fights and doesn't rely heavily on special effects like the last film. And then there are the mermaids! The intense and evil beauties which provide a large part of entertainment in the middle of the film, and even a small romantic subplot that grabs your attention.

There's an equal amount of time spent on land and at sea, and although the movie had a slow start as it set up the plot, I would almost say this one was better than the last one. If you are a fan of the other films, you will definitely be entertained and think that this film is a great addition to the series.
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missionaries, Mermaids and more Madcap Mayhem, 10 Jun 2011
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KAT "tatethegr8" (Kettering Northants) - See all my reviews
I've seen Pirates of The Carribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, twice now at the cinema (once in 3D and once in 2D) and I have to say I love it. I know not everyone will agree, but for me, Pirates 4 is my favourite out of all of its predecessors. I didn't rate 2 much, and 3 was a bit too complex, but this installment more than makes up for the dissapointment of the last two. In this installment, you have not 1, not 2, but 3 notorious Pirates, all bidding for the same thing; to the find the passage to the Fabled Fountain of Youth. For Jack Sparrow, who is as hilariously mad, 'evil' and funny as ever, its the thrill of the search, for Blackbeard, its all about saving his soul from the one-legged man who is phophesised to kill him, and for Barbosa, now a Privateer in the Kings Navy, its all about extracting revenge on Blackbeard for taking his beloved Pearl - and his leg. With two crews, three pirates, plus the Spanish, all racing to get to the fountain first, there are many hilarious high-jinx and mad-cap mutanies along the way, and Sparrow as usual, finds himself forced to swap sides during the course of film, resulting in much mayhem and mirth.

But before they reach the fountain the crew have to precure one vital ingrediant - the tear of a Mermaid. Easier said than done as it turns out that the Mermaids,(One of whom is model and actress Gemma Ward), far from being mythical and magical, are vicious and deadly, and who will slay the skin from any Sailor who crosses their path. With he help of unwitting Missionary Philip Swift (The gorgeous Sam Claflin) they finally manage trap a Mermaid, and proceed to the Fountain. With Penelope Cruz as Blackbeards daughter and Sparrows old flame, Angelica, also aboard, their mission can only spell trouble, especially as they don't bank on Phillip falling in love with the beautiful Mermaid, Syrena (The stunning Astrid Burges-Frisbey). Eventually reaching the fabled fountain, Blackbeard comes face to face with his old advasary Barbosa, and a fight to the death ensues, with Sparrow as usual manipulating and twisting the eventual outcome to his own hilarious advantage.

The film ends yet again, on a bit of a cliff-hanger and you just know there has to be a number 5 to tie up all the loose ends. Although Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom are not in this film, I didn't really miss them much to be honest, and Sam Claflin and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as the stalwart missionary and the beautiful Mermaid do a great job of replacing Will and Elizabeths previous romantic element in the film. In fact, I was dissapointed that their touching little love story didn't get more air-time as it was one of my favourite elements of the film. I can only hope that if a 5/6 does materialise (as rumours suggest they will) that we get to see a full exploration of their characters in the next installments.

This film is deliciously dark and scary in places, but retains its wonderful wit and humour along the way. It looks spectacular in 3D (Johnny Depp in 3D = Yum) but is just as good in 2D. I can't wait for this to come out so I can buy it. There is also an added scene at the end again, if you wait for the credits to end, which more than paves the way for a number 5 to materialise. Please Disney - Give us more Pirates - I for one haven't had my fill yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay...., 25 Aug 2013
This review is from: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [DVD] (DVD)
Finally got around to getting this, the fourth in what has been a really great series of films. Left disappointed, the franchise misses Keira knightly and Orlando blooms characters, more than I would have thought! The plot is a bit hit or miss, the new leading lady(Penelope cruz) just doesn't work here. There is zero chemistry between her and captain jack()whereas he and Elizabeth swann were fabulous in their interaction throughout the first three films. Barbossa is a welcome return, as is Gibbs. . But blackbeard doesnt really work, compared to bill nighys fantastic (and scary!)davy jones he is a pussycat. the story doesn't hold your interest which is a pity(i fell asleep!). I hear they are possibly making another sequel! If so, might I advise the return of Mr and Mrs Turner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A film too far, 23 Nov 2012
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Not nearly as good as the original trilogy - just Hollywood trying to make more money out of a tried and tested formula.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars johnny depp, 23 Nov 2012
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loved the first 3 but that should of been it was a tad dissapointed with this one although some of the regulars were in it just didn't seem as good still bought it though don't watch as much as the others though
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the jack sparrow show, 20 Aug 2011
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well its the 4th in the series and that usually means bad things to start. I hated the 3rd one as it was oh so over the top stunt wise it took away from the film and I found myself concentrating on the stunts rather than the plot. I believed I would be living this experience again and I did for about the first twenty minutes, but then it settled down and got on with it. if not very slowly. the good thing bout this film is depp. he is basically staring in the jack sparrow show and is great as jack as usual. the jokes are great and the character is still allowed to grow. sadly no one else really does. the rest of the cast are like extras to jack. the plot is slow moving, the stunts over the top and take too long. its better than the 3rd in that it is more coherent however you find your mind wandering in large sections until it tightens up again and the ending is probably the best half hour of the film.

in short its ok and worth a watch as a throw away film that you will chuckle at jacks antics and the story is ok if not slow moving. could have been worse but could have been better had it been paced like the first with more interesting ancillary characters
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lame disappointment, 13 Oct 2011
Inspired by Disneyland's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' ride, the first film was a surprise hit thanks to a 'perfect storm' of inspired decisions. A big budget pirate film at a time when pirate films were still considered box-office poison, it was gorgeous to look at, the direction was slick and energetic, Knightley and Bloom grounded the film with the 'straight' foils to Johnny Depp's inspired comedy, and Rush provided a genuinely menacing pirate villain.
While the next 2 films gradually stripped that magic away by soullessly mining the same seam in search of greater profits, 'On Stranger Tides' has finally managed to hit failure point by ditching the ideas that made the first film (and its sequels, to a lesser degree) work.
In Pirates, Depp wasn't just a comedy buffoon, he had many moments of scheming and seriousness - moments when there was a twinkle of mercenary avarice and danger behind the eyes, making his character funny and unpredictable. In this, he feels harmless and daft, stumbling from disaster to disaster on a tide of natural luck and comical silliness. They've 'de-fanged' him for the sake of easy likeability.
Rush's Barbossa is now largely a weak, comedy be-wigged sidekick with bad skin. Penelope Cruz is a romantic interest whose schemes are never allowed to be intruiging enough to be either romantic or interesting. And they've decided to make McShane's Blackbeard a pirate who simply isn't scary. It's saying something when a digitised squid played by Bill Nighy is FAR scarier than the most legendary bloodthirsty pirate of all time.
There's no 'serious' central plot to frame the madcap antics around, and since nobody you really care about is in peril, no reason to get anxious about whether they reach the fabled Fountain of youth or not.
Worse, they've thrown in a missionary to blatantly fill the 'Orlando Bloom' role, but given him little plot purpose, likeability, screen time or point, except to add another character and carry off a pointless romance.
While the plot is extremely easy to understand, its vastly and unnecessarily overcomplicated, and in a cardinal sin the movie even directly steals the first film's 'swordfight on the beams of a room' set piece and re-hashes it in far less impressive fashion.
Is anything good about the film? Yes. Depp is enjoyable (but not great) to watch. The scenery is impressive. The ships are striking. The effects are good. And the watered down story will probably keep kids happy while the adults are bored. It had a few moments of excitement for me: a standout mermaid attack sequence sticks in the mind, and my workmate loved Blackbeard's gimmick of steering his ship with his sword.
Sadly, the rest fell very flat. The first film re-invigorated a genre and helped make heaps of cash. Not bad for a movie based on a thrillride.
Now it's lost its thrills, it's just ride. And some rides go on too long.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yo Ho - You'll Need More Than 1 Bottle of Rum To Enjoy This, 19 Sep 2011
Here's a little history: according to the book `DisneyWars', the execs at the studio were appalled by the rushes coming back during filming on Curse of The Black Pearl - Depp and Rush were vying to see who could produce the biggest, campest, most flamboyant performance - from their POV though, they were apparently having a great time. It clearly comes across watching them, that they're having FUN. The addition of Bill Nighy introduced another wonderfully camp OTT performance - and again, he seemed to be simply having FUN.

Which brings us to Stranger Tides, and my biggest complaint, which is that everyone's just `going through the motions' and picking up the pay cheque. I would strangle small puppy dogs for the chance of appearing in a pirate movie, and yet this lot approach it as another day at the office. The biggest disappointment is Ian McShane - did he actually watch any of the previous movies ? - who clearly didn't understand that flamboyance was the order of the day. Instead, he brought to the character of Black Beard, all the menace and venom of Lovejoy perusing a Victorian wardrobe.

No less wooden than the wardrobe, was Penelope Cruz, though I did feel some sympathy for her, as she'd only been cast as there was a rather tenuous Spanish plot device (thank God the fountain of youth wasn't in Lapp land).

The action sequences are adequate, but hardly inspired, and the storyline thin to say the least. Even these gripes could have been eased by good performances by actors clearly committed to the movie.

Ultimately though, Black Beard should have saved this movie - a perfect `baddy' with so much potential to steal the movie; a measure of how tame his portrayal is, is that one of the `true facts' we know from the real life Black Beard, is that he intertwined burning tapers in his beard while in battle, to appear more terrifying to his enemies. This image is never used in Stranger Tides - a strange decision, as it enforces the point that the real life Black Beard is a bigger character than his cinematic portrayal. A totally wasted opportunity.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Sparrow and the Fountain of Youth, 28 Jun 2011
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Neil STUART BANKS (North Bucks, England) - See all my reviews
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As someone who thought that POTC1 was okay and 2 and 3 could have been used at Guantanamo to torture the detainees, I thought this was not half bad.
Captain Jack's doped up delivery seems less bizarre after 4 movies and his one liners in this movie are pretty good. Think 18th century Indiana Jones with wooden legs and cutlasses and you are pretty close.
Goes some way to redeeming the Pirates Franchise - let's hope they don't mess it up with a POTC5 as unredeemingly smelly as the Crystal Skulls crock.
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