Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Did everyone see that? Because I will *not* be doing it again.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Lurching ungainly from one confusing, clunkily staged action scene (so many times soldiers are right behind Depp to suddenly be somewhere else for no reason) to another barely pausing to catch breath. Yet it still spends too much time on too many characters so instead of relentless the pacing feels sluggish and indistinct.
Depp's performance is a little tired but no-one here is especially good, though Rush seems to be having most fun and Cruz is at least a little more interesting than the bland Knightley from the previous movies.
They've always played with the idea that Jack Sparrow is a bit of a dick but the ending is baffling and would make much more sense if it swapped the two characters actions around.

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