Captain Jack’s Back…but lacks.

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me!

Jack Sparrow…er, CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow (beg your pardon!) returns to more adventures, pilfering, swashbuckling, and tomfoolery! This time around, Jack meets up with characters old and new as he sets out on a mission to discover the elusive Fountain of Youth. From zombies to mermaids, from old foes to new ones, from the contentious crown to the barbaric BlackBeard, and many other obstacles, Jack’s adventure has only begun…only is it an adventure as great as the previous ones (excluding the third one)?

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides presents a great deal of fun to the screen, but ultimately tries too hard to be funnier than it actually is. While Johnny Depp performs as his usual Jack Sparrow (albeit a tad bit toned down from the previous installments) his character and the events of the film fail to capture audiences hearts and attention as much as before…hence the struggle of every sequel in a successful franchise.

The inclusion of new characters such as the gorgeous Penelope Cruz’s Angelica and the talented Ian McShane’s Blackbeard adds a great amount of enjoyment to the screen. However, the included addition of other characters (Keith Richards as Jack’s dad, Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa,  Zombies, Mermaids, even King George) adds too much to the story. Too many characters and side stories = too much going on in the film to have to follow. (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, however, remain un-missed!)

On Stranger Tides not only introduces an odd number of characters to follow and side stories to watch, it also actually never really reaches that level of excitement that the first two had. The action scenes end up lacking and accomplish little in the “amazement factor.” Audiences may find themselves more excited as a result of the music playing in the background as opposed to the action taking place on the screen.

While On Stranger Tides fails to meet the standards of some of its predecessors in certain categories, there remain a few redeeming qualities.

  1. Penelope Cruz as Jack’s scorned ex-love interest and duplicate of character.
  2. Ian McShane’s performance as the hated and feared pirate Blackbeard
  3. Visual effects and costume design (zombies and mermaids)


It is neat to watch and see what else is going on in the world of Captain Jack Sparrow. It is, however, too long (an issue repeated from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), the value of 3D in this film is questionable at most, and the plot/story is all over the place. As quickly as the tide rises and falls, so may your enthusiasm and interest in watching this one. Sorry, Jack, but nothing beats the first one. Better than the 3rd, but worse than the first 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ended up a lot stranger than expected. Savy?!!

Be sure to keep a lookout for the trailer for The Muppets. It snuck into theaters for this film before even hitting the web! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score2.5 out of 5 stars for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” 

Check out what the First Fans had to say about this one for some different opinions! Hosted by Casey Messer with Hollywood Dailies!


  1. This is the only Pirates movie that I like…lol. I agree with you that the music is awesome, but the action scenes, the new characters and everything was good as well! 🙂


    • I am both glad and surprised that you liked it so much. More so than even the first?! Both Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane were great to see opposite Depp! Thanks for the comment!


      • Yes more than the first… the mermaid scene alone is better than the first! 😀

        And yes Cruz and Shane were surprisingly good in this film… even better actors than depp


  2. Seeing some wildy different reviews for this film, which is interesting.

    I doubt I will get to the Cinema to see it any time soon. I will have to wait for Blu ray…Pesky Kids!!


  3. I actually had the [dis]pleasure of seeing the last installment before this one, can’t remember what it’s called, on TV at a friend’s house. It is mind-boggling how this movie could be such a smashing success. There’s sooo much going on but yet there is very little story, let alone character development. Things seem to be happening at random for no apparent reason and by the end of it, we all just looked at each other and said, ‘just what in the world was all of that all about?’ It was a complete and utter rubbish I’d say, Depp was fun to watch as Jack Sparrow, but even so, he still couldn’t save this franchise for me.


    • Pirates: At World’s End is indeed the worst of them all. It would seem that Bruckheimer is aware of that fact and tried to redeem the franchise with this one…only he let it be too much like the 3rd one. too long, too boring, too much going on, too mediocre. I think I only laughed out loud ONCE. you summed it up nicely “There’s sooo much going on but yet there is very little story.” Perfect summation.


  4. I too am seeing quite the range of reviews for this movie. Of course, I somewhat expected that.

    Personally, I really enjoyed all the Pirates movies so far. Including Parts 2 and 3. So no doubt that I’ll be watching this one at some point and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Just can’t help just have fun when Captain Jack Sparrow is on-screen.


    • Thanks for the comment and welcome JL! Captain Jack is always a lot of fun to watch, I’ll give you that. You may be disappointed though with even his character in the 4th one. but if you end up writing a review, please shoot me the link. I’ll be very glad to read your thoughts!


  5. This one didn’t feel as epic as the second and third Pirates films and in many ways that’s a good thing. I also wish they did more with Captain Jack, but Depp is always amusing as him, and I still had some fun with this enjoyable Summer blockbuster. Good review, check out mine when you can!


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