Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rating: Pretty Damn Good
I have to give credit to the Pirates franchise for not completely screwing up the sequels. When you think about how terrible Iron Man 2, Transformers 2 and a bunch of other sequels were, the fact that Pirates is still watchable is pretty damn amazing. In that regard, I don’t think Pirates really gets the credit it deserves, in an industry that just HAS to screw things up, this one has managed to survive.
What you’ll hate:
-Regular Movie theater 3D is lame, there’s like four or five things that pop out at you and that’s it, maybe IMAX is better, doubtful
-There’s this love story subplot that is very reminiscent of an animated tale I’m sure we’ve all seen at some point in our lives. It’s kind of stupid, doesn’t really help the story along in any way and then after spending all this time on it they don’t tie up the loose ends and you’re left wondering about it as you leave
-A lot of the running around in circles and “escape and evasion” that Jack Sparrow is known for looks tired, like even the cast and crew is like “okay, whatever, he gets away, we all know how this works out let’s just get on with it already.” There’s parts where they’re all just standing there meanwhile in past films they’d be doing something
-It’s long, longer than it needed to be
-Reused gimmicks, instead of a tentacles grabbing up the crew it’s ropes, bla bla bla
-No Keira Knightly
-I don’t think anybody even noticed Orlando Bloom was missing, but whatever, he’s gone too
What you’ll love
-The mermaids were cool
-The story is actually pretty good, there aren’t too many loose ends
-The effects weren’t bad
-It had a lot of funny parts, it’s probably the funniest of the entire franchise
-The acting was good, it fit for the type of movie it was and even the less important characters did a good job
-This one adds some depth to Jack Sparrow’s character and makes you see a different side of him
-A good, entertaining ending that had everyone laughing, people even stayed through the credits just in case there was a little more (there wasn’t)
-Keith Richards was a nice touch again, the manner in which they interact shows a very subtle dimension to Jack Sparrow
-I got a kick out of how they conceived the vision and the function of the fountain of youth and the twist with one of the pursuing parties was unexpected nice surprises
The manner in which they revitalize your interest in Jack Sparrow could justify another few more sequels without leaving a bad taste in your mouth. I guess instead of a trilogy it’ll be a “saga” which surprisingly I’m okay with. It’s not that I hate sequels, I love it when stories don’t end, but I hate it when they screw the sequels up. So far so good with Pirates of the Caribbean.
It’s definitely worth full price to see, but the 3D wasn’t worth the extra money. It added very little depth to the film, true- there were a few scenes that were very cool, swords going straight into the camera, the opening titles and lettering popped out pretty nicely, a scene where vines were hanging and I actually reached up and wiped my glasses thinking a hair or something had gotten on them, that stuff was cool. However these things were few and far between. If you know you’re going to make it 3D, direct it like you’re making it 3D, ya know what I mean? Add depth in your cinematography so the 3D enhances that instead of it having to make something out of nothing.
If you’re going to a discount theater that has 3D and you’re only paying like 9 bucks or something then definitely do it, but not 14 or more. Some theaters seem to be choosing to only offer 3D as an option. In those cases, I don’t know. I’d probably still go see it. You’ll have to make the call.
20 bucks on DVD easy, especially with good special features. Still not impressed with Blu-Ray, it’s 50% more cost and you’re not getting 50% more quality. However I’m starting to see lots of incentive programs and some Blu-Ray discs dropping in price, so things are looking up in that regard. Plus the fact that Blu Ray players can also play DVDs, another year or two and things won’t be so bad I don’t think. We’ll see.
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