Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – 3/10 fantasy action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Rob Marshall
Screenplay Writer: Ted Elliott
Screenplay Writer: Terry Rossio
Characters Creator: Ted Elliott
Characters Creator: Terry Rossio
Characters Creator: Stuart Beattie
Characters Creator: Jay Wolpert
Novel Writer Suggested by the novel “On Stranger Tides”: Tim Powers
Johnny Depp: Jack Sparrow
Penélope Cruz: Angelica Malon
Geoffrey Rush: Barbossa
Ian McShane: Blackbeard
Kevin McNally: Gibbs
Sam Claflin: Philip
Astrid Berges-Frisbey: Syrena
Stephen Graham: Scrum
Keith Richards: Captain Teague

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Having a map to the Fountain of Youth, Jack Sparrow finds himself in demand as the English, under the captaincy of Hector Barbossa, try to beat the Spaniards to the loot. However, they aren’t the only runners in the race as the dread pirate Blackbeard is also trying to find it to stave off his prophesied death at the hands of a one-legged man.


This is a movie with an embarrassing lack of imagination and a barely coherent story. The cast all turn up but, with the exception of Penélope Cruz and her chests, that’s all they do. Ian McShane’s Blackbeard really looks the part and he, interestingly, plays it like he’s the hero and Geoffrey Rush’s repulsive Barbossa is the villain. Sadly, director Rob Marshall never uses this, or anything in the luxurious production, to do anything worthwhile or entertaining. Hans Zimmer’s music is too often intrusively bombastic as he desperately tries to drag some excitement out of the aimless action sequences; you just want to say “Hans! Turn it down will ya?!” This really is a poor show. P.S. The movie poster was taken from theshiznit.

This movie contains adult dialogue, violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.



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