Pirates of the Caribbean is the classic movie that starts extremely well then, when they start with sequels over sequels, they do get boring.
But I have to put a premise here: I am a fan of Johnny Depp and of Jack Sparrow, pardon, Captain Jack Sparrow, so the movie and the sequels never bored me.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is actually different from its successors. We can sense from the very darkness, as well as the usual humor, that will be present throughout the movie.
This time our beloved Captain is on a mission to find the Fountain of Youth with Angelica (Penelope Cruz) an old acquaintance of his that he is unsure whether he loves her or not. Another old friend of our Captain is looking for the Fountain of Youth the infamous Blackbeard (Ian McShane). I like Penelope Cruz, I have to admit I started to appreciate her more when she starred in Vicky Cristina Barcelona; she can be sexy, funny and is a talented actress. And she was a really convincing pirate. She was more the female version of Sparrow than an independent character, but still her character was entertaining and did fit in the story. Of course amazing performance of Geoffrey Rush’s Barbossa.
The other new element in the sequel is religion. In the previous movies of Pirates of the Caribbean we didn’t really get a lot into the political and religious happenings of the time. But the character Philip Swift, or the “clergyman”, as Captain Jack Sparrow calls him, is a symbol of religious tolerance as opposed to religious intolerance, symbolized by the Spaniards. Swift is good and has a peaceful heart, he was sought out by peace, or serenity, which is reflected in the mermaid’s name, “Syrena.”
Of course we don’t get into religion much. This is not what the movie is about and when we say pirates, we want ship fights and swords.
We also finally get to see our Captain in love. The story of Elizabeth and Will Turner got boring by the end and their time finished; there was no more to tell about them. While we never saw our Captain in love, we yes did get a hint of him being a Casanova, but nothing more. But the real romance here is between Philip Swift (Sam Claflin) and the mermaid. It is very similar to Elizabeth and Turner love story; the impossible love; the man and the mermaid, the pirate and the official daughter.
Except the soundtrack to be amazing, as it has always been and the 3D not that much. The 3D, I believe, is for movies that focus on objects flying at you. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is not that kind of movie. Yes the image of Depp coming out to you is amazing, but the movie itself, does not require it.
Verdict: It is Pirates of the Caribbean, it is Johnny Depp. Still the Fountain of Youth is an old and known myth and the movie sometimes falls into the routine of the previous installments. The action scenes are entertaining and the new comers proved to handle well their roles.