Saturday, May 21, 2011
Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides
Aaaaaaand, I'm not gonna say anything more about the story. If you haven't gotten it spoiled already, I don't want to do it for you, since you really should see the movie.
I'm rather uncertain how to approach this review, since there is so much that could be said. I suppose I should start with the first three movies.
I love Curse of the Black Pearl. It's just plain a great, fun, well-made movie. Dead Man's Chest... Eh. I had fun while watching it, but the more I thought about the movie after I had watched it and the explosions and sword fights faded from memory, I realized that the movie had no substance and was kind of stupid. I actually never saw the third movie. What was it called? At World's End? Whatever. I probably should see it, but I was just so disappointed by the aftertaste of the second movie that I don't want to watch it.
So then comes news of the fourth movie. This could either rescue the series from the sequelitis-laden history it had gained, or it could sink the series for good. (Yes, that expression was used on purpose.) I admit that I was cautiously optimistic going into the movie. It's roughly based (very roughly based) on an award-winning pirate novel from the 80s that I'd heard good things about. (Haven't read it, but it's on my list.) And I am glad to announce that it exceeded my expectations. The movie has a surprisingly different feel to it than the previous films, but that wasn't a bad thing. It felt... I dunno, I hesitate to use such a cliched word, but the movie felt a lot more epic than the previous entries. All the good qualities of the other movies make an appearance and a lot of other good stuff makes a showing, and it all works. The actors, both those playing main characters and those in supporting roles, do a spectacular job. The twists in the story are satisfying, the humor is plentiful, the music does its job, and the action is just over-the-top enough.
What more can I say? Johnny Depp is a good as ever, Penelope Cruz creates a new character that you want to see more of, and Geoffry Rush continues the role of Barbossa in such a way that you actually cheer for him as a character instead of liking him just because he's such a great villain.
I... I just don't know what else to say. It's a great movie. I mean, I hope I don't have the experience I did with Dead Man's Chest. I don't think I will, because On Stranger Tides wasn't quite so in-your-face, which leads me to think that my mind was somewhat more engaged in watching the movie than watching the pretty explosions. In the end though, I don't think it matters. I enjoyed the movie. If I still like it next month it'll probably find it's way into my DVD collection sooner or later. If not, then I still had a more than enjoyable time, and I think you will too.
Bottom Line: Go and see this movie. Why haven't you seen it already? Go.