Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Tired Formula
Geoffry RushIan McShane...
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In the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Captain
Jack Sparrow (Depp) arrives in London looking for a man who has been
impersonating him. He is quickly found and detained by King George II, who
demands that he join an expedition to find the Fountain of Youth before the
Spanish do. Things take a twist when Jack finds that the expedition is led by
his old nemesis Hector Barbossa (Rush). Upon escaping, Sparrow finds out that the
imposter parading as him is Angelica (Cruz), the daughter of the formidable Blackbeard (McShane) and
his old love interest. Sparrow is forced to lead Blackbeard’s crew,
as a race ensues to find the elusive Fountain of Youth.
The second and third instalments of
the franchise failed to live up to the original, but they nonetheless achieved box
office success, based mostly on Depp’s performances. Unfortunately, the fourth
film of the series follows a similar line, as it fails to come up with anything
The film also suffers from Keira Knightley’s and
Orlando Bloom’s absence, having been such a big part of the previous
films. It’s sad to say, but the
previously iconic figure of Captain Jack Sparrow has become tired and
unoriginal, especially as this film, more than its predecessors, relies
heavily on him.
Though entertaining in their own
rights, the rest of the cast fails to cover up these cracks. The casting of the
talented Cruz is a shallow attempt at replacing Knightley; her character lacks the charm needed to pull off the female lead. Rush continues
his solid portrayal of Barbossa, and McShane plays the legendary
Blackbeard with charisma and originality.
Compared to the rest of the series,
this film lacks heavily in its action sequences and director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) offers nothing new to the franchise.
This chapter of Pirates of the Caribbean will definitely
leave audiences feeling like they’re on stranger tides. It feels like a poorly rebooted story that
serves only one purpose; money making. If you’re a loyal fan of the franchise,
then you may well be left disappointed.