Logo

Search form

EmailEmail

MOVIE REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

A rush to see Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Depp, and Penelope Cruz

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Ian McShane as Blackbeard in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
  • A scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
View Full Gallery »

I always give screenwriters a hard time for badly written films, or scenarios filled with clichés. Yet I don’t think twice about writing reviews with a cliché or two, such as “I wouldn’t mind watching [Geoffrey Rush] on screen reading a phone book.” Last year in The King’s Speech, that’s almost what he did, as he taught various words and phrases to the stuttering king. It was a blast. He’s fun in this movie, too.

Ian McShane is the perfectly cast Blackbeard. He’s got a menacing face that is only rivaled by Danny Trejo (Machete).

McShane was in two movies with great casts that were a tad disappointing -- 44 Inch Chest, and Sexy Beast. Although I never watched the show Deadwood, his face looked perfect in that, from the clips I’ve seen.

What a shame to waste this cast, including the cute Penelope Cruz, in such a retread of everything you’ve seen done in the previous Pirate films, but with a more convoluted story.

Johnny Depp and Rush team up, along with Cruz as the former lover of Jack Sparrow – in a quest to find the fountain of youth. This gives the Keith Richards cameo a laugh when he tells Depp “Does this face look like I’ve ever been to the fountain of youth?”

A better cameo was by dame Judi Dench. It was a hoot.

This was the shortest of all the pirate films (2 hours 17 minutes), yet it felt like the longest. I don’t see what the point was in making it (other than Disney wanting to make another $200 million from fans that don’t ask for a lot in their movies). The movie didn’t even pick up where the last one left off.

Deppsaid in a few interviews this will be his last Jack Sparrow. Yeah, well…let’s see if he feels the same when Disney throws $60 million at him next time.

Director Rob Marshall took over for Gore Berbinski. I enjoyed Marshall’s directing job on Chicago, and I’m not usually a big fan of musicals. I’m thinking maybe he should go back to them.

I saw Everything Must Go a second time last night, and the box office numbers show the movie has just barely made a million bucks in its second week of release. For a movie with Rebecca Hall and Will Ferrell, that’s one of my favorites of the year, I’m shocked.

Go see that; a movie with more depth (instead of a movie with Depp).

Details »
  • Rating: 1.5 of 5