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2.0 out of 5 stars Yo Ho - You'll Need More Than 1 Bottle of Rum To Enjoy This, 19 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Blu-ray + DVD) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: 24 Sep 2011 00:14:24 BDT
doug bassett says:
brilliant review!.. spot on!!
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