Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides

(2011)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Transcript for Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

(IGNATIY)
Johnny Depp sets sail for the fourth time in Pirates in the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com.

(CHRISTY)

And I’m Christy Lemire of the Associated Press. We're starting off this week's show on a sweeping, swashbuckling note with "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth movie in the ridiculously successful Disney franchise. Johnny Depp is, of course, back as the randy Capt. Jack Sparrow. He's being held prisoner at the film's start -- but you know that won't last long.


CLIP 3 -- Palace Escape


(CHRISTY)

Jack ends up crossing paths -- and swords -- with an old flame, Angelica, played by a spirited Penelope Cruz. She quickly kidnaps him and drags him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship belonging to the legendary Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane.



CLIP 1 -- Blackbeard


CHRISTY LEMIRE:
But Blackbeard is after the Fountain of Youth. And so are the Spanish. And so are the English, led by the deceitful Barbossa, played once again by Geoffrey Rush. 



/clip -- King's Men


And of course, "On Stranger Tides" is in 3-D because ... well, everything's in 3-D. And that mostly means various swords and snakes being flung at our faces. Big thumbs down from me.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Look, I like the first three Pirates of the Caribbean Movies.

CHRISTY:
Did you really?

IGNATIY:
Yeah, no, I...

CHRISTY:
All of them?

IGNATIY:
All of them.

CHRISTY:
Beyond the first one?

IGNATIY:
Beyond, I like the second one the most. I find them really entertaining.

CHRISTY:
They're a blur in my mind, go ahead.

IGNATIY:
And what makes them really entertaining is all of this bric-a-brac, there are all of these sub-plots, all these things kind of going on, these minor characters, these little jokes, you know whenever they go somewhere they have to stop at ten places. What the world does not need is a leaner Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

CHRISTY:
Hm.

IGNATIY:
You know, this is an hour shorter than the last film, its got a significantly simpler plot, you know, in comparison, but it feels overstretched, over extended somehow.

CHRISTY:
Now there are these great individual moments, the chase scene off the top is absolutely thrilling and staged so beautifully and that's what I think Rob Marshal really does best. There's also this thing with people being hung upside down on this, on the pirate ship, on Blackbeard's ship and it's a great stunning moment where they're all just hanging there, it's a good Rob Marshal kinda like TADA moment.

IGNATIY:
Well...

CHRISTY:
It's all the stuff in between where they stop and they talk and I don't need Johnny Depp to be the center of this film as a voice of reason, the whole point is that he should be the clown in the corner, goofing off, commenting on the action.

IGNATIY:
I feel like this movie is pretty good for about the first forty-five minutes and when the characters are first getting introduced and we first get to see Blackbeard's ship, during all that time, during the build up it's good, but when we actually get to, say the island the fountain of youth is on then it really, it starts to lurch.

CHRISTY:
Ian McShane feels really oddly restrained here and then you have the whole other sub-plot with the hot, sexy clergymen and the naughty vampire mermaid, it comes out of nowhere, it didn't help at all.

IGNATIY:
No it doesn't help.