Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)


Action, Adventure, Fantasy


Rob Marshall




Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham, Greg Ellis, Damian O'Hare, Oscar Jaenada, Richard Griffiths, Keith Richards, Gemma Ward, Judi Dench, Ian Mercer


Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) embarks on a quest to find the fountain of youth only to discover that Angelica (Penelope Cruz), a woman he had seduced in the past, is the daughter of Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and that they are after the fountain too.


Since the original trilogy was a big hit, Hollywood figured why to stop at three films. So, many years after the third entry here it is another film following the adventures of Jack Sparrow, and it's bad. Gore Verbinski left the ship right before it sank.

Just like the majority of the films in the franchise, "On Stranger Tides" suffers from a bad storyline and doesn't really have a plot. It does, however, have an interesting plot element, that being the fountain of youth, but the filmmakers weren't able to make the most of it.

Unfortunately, the tedious story they try to pass for a pirate story isn't the worst thing about this film. The characters, they are the worst thing ever happened to the entire series. I'm especially talking about Jack Sparrow who is no longer the odd hero of the story, the eccentric pirate, but he is reduced to a pathetic plot device, a very poor attempt at keeping the film together.

But I'm afraid that's not all. The new entries are also terrible. Penelope Cruz's Angelica will make you regret Keira Knightley. The Latina lover could have been a breath of fresh air but the character is annoying and one-dimensional, and her only purpose is to add more time to the film. Ian MacShane's Blackbeard didn't get a better treatment. He is the pirate all pirates fear, but there isn't a bit of backstory of back that up. Also the previous films gave me the impression Barbossa and then Davy Jones were the pirate all pirates fear.

At last but not least the action sequences, they just feel unreal, and they are not even that enjoybale. The only scene worth of being mentioned and remembered is the mermaid attack, although those magical creatures don't add anything to the story, and netiher doesn't the love story between one of them and a priest.

I just can't wait to see what they'll bring on next.


  1. I saw most of this film and quickly forgot about it...waste of many talents