Review: 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' finally scuttles the series

It is evidently not a popular opinion to have enjoyed the first three "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, despite their having made over a billion dollars each worldwide.  If you were to listen to Johnny Depp in his recent "Entertainment Weekly" cover story, the films are evidently no good, and the series needed an overhaul moving forward.  Personally, I don't buy that.  I think the first film is still the one that gets everything right, but the second and third films have many, many things to recommend.  If they commit any one sin above all others, it is that they are overstuffed.  There is simply too much going on.  There's enough material in there for three or four films, and Gore Verbinski seemed to be determined to please you or to pummel you into submission, whichever came first.

If you did not like the second and third film, might I suggest that you skip the new film entirely, and even if you did like the sequels, I'm going to warn you that this latest edition in the franchise, "PIrates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," is a near-total creative disaster.  Since Rob Marshall is directing this time instead of Verbinski, I think it's pretty clear who was keeping the series afloat, and Verbinski's work has never looked better than it does by the end of this new film, which is marred by a leaden pace, a complete inability to stage an action scene, and a wildly misconceived move of Captain Jack Sparrow from drunken clown commenting on the action to the main engine of the movie. Read More...


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