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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

Matt’s Review:

When the film you’re going to watch is the 4th in a Trilogy you know there’s a strong chance of there being disappointment involved…

and yet, I was pleasantly surprised with how little I was disappoited, if that makes sense… :)

I’ll admit there were bits where the movie kinda seemed to lose it’s way, and my attention in the process, but it never seems to take long for the humor, and Johnny Depp, to pull you back in. Although I didn’t laugh as long or as hard as in previous outings…

Ian McShane as Blackbeard was pretty cool, he really has come a long way since hie “Lovejoy” days! His face and voice make him perfect for an “mostly” evil pirate kinda role.

And having Keith Richards pop up as Sparrow’s dad got me some confused stares from the kids when I laughed and they had no idea why!

Obviously Kira Knightly was missed, but the interplay between Penelope Cruz and Jonny made up for it. Part of the fun of the film is the character interplay, it’s good to see a big budget movie, especially a “sequal”, that doesn’t need to rely totally on the special effects…

It’s not the best of the “Trilogy”, but it’s fun to watch and has that same odd quality of making you not really that bothered about where the story is going, you really do just enjoy being along for the ride!

Score – 7/10

Gemma’s Review:

I found Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was as good as the previous three, if not better. I feel that if Johnny Depp had gone, instead of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, it would not have worked anywhere near as well as it did. The film would have been boring.

But because Depp is still in it, the crowd of new characters doesn’t affect the success of the film. Depp has always been the reason many of us have watched the films, due to his humour, sarcasm and charm, as well as his genuinely brilliant acting ability.

Depp’s character (Jack Sparrow) embarks on a journey to find the Fountain of Youth, along with Barbossa; and Blackbeard, who wants to find the fountain because he only has two weeks until he is going to die, at Barbossa’s hand.

Blackbeard’s daughter is a woman called Angelica Malon, played by Penélope Cruz. Sparrow has a past with Angelica, which is a main part of the film, and in the end he saves her life, proving he still loves her.

Phillip, who’s played by actor Sam Claflin, and Syrena, who’s played by actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey, are the lovey-dovey couple who replace Bloom and Knightley, and I must say, they do quite a good job of it too.

So the film does have quite a lovey-dovey plot throughout, but as always, it doesn’t distract from the comic side of the film, or the base story line.

I rather enjoyed the film, but I won’t be buying it on DVD until I get the other four, and I’m in no rush.

Rating: 7/10.

Sam’s Review:

This was the fourth Pirates of the Carribean film and is certainly as good as all the others in my opinion. Although Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom aren’t in this one the other characters are arguably as good, and of couse the charming and witty Johnny Depp is back and funny as ever. Now though he’s accompanied by Penélope Cruz as Angelica, an old associate of Jack.

This time jack and the team are after the legendary and highly elusive ‘fountain of youth’, but soon it becomes a race as both the Spaniards and English are persuing the fountain too. As the story continues Jack and Angelica end up on the infamous Captain Blackbeard’s ship as they battle to procure priceless artifacts from perilous situations on their route to the mystical fountain.

I was certainly not expecting this fourth film as the third film was a very good end point I thought, but i’ve been proven wrong, this most recent installment was filled with even more cannon fire and cutlass slashing and although few in number the special effects were brilliant. Sadly I felt that although it was just as good quality humor, there seemed to be less of it than in previous movies, but overall it quite good :)

Rating: 7/10

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