Saturday, May 21, 2011

So ye come seekin' adventure and salty old pirates, ay?

(A review of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

Well ye've come to the right place. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides certainly delivers on both of those accounts. I had the good fortune to see the film on opening night, and it did a fine job meeting my expectations. What I expected was something between the tightly wrapped package of the first film and the sometimes overbearing nature of the second and third (which may rightly be considered a single piece of work).

This fourth installment is perhaps a bit heavier on the swashbuckling than its predecessors. It seems like any time two of the main characters meet there is a fair deal of swordplay on less than solid ground and grounds. At times it would seem some of this fancy footwork would take away some time that could have been used for exposition and may have, here or there, lead to some unecessary deus ex machina (re: Captain Teague), but I assure you, I am only splitting hairs.

For fans, there definetly many enjoyable developments (like the contents of a certain leg and the identity of a certain judge). There are plenty of great Jack moments, and Barbossa moments (apples!). This is one the Pirates faithful will enjoy.

Post script, for the film makers: Why were Blackbeards officers what they were (it was mentioned once but not really touched upon)? Was Philip a necessary character or just a place filler for an absent Will Turner? And the Spainish, they could have been a bigger part or perhaps a whole 'nother story.

So there were a few things that maybe could have been streamlined, but over all I really did enjoy myself. I can wait to see what becomes of Jack, master Gibbs and their collection of bottles.

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