After the third movie I feared the worst, but fortunately they got back on their pirate feet with this one. Fairly entertaining and even got me laughing a little bit. Especially the Jack Sparrow character is still working very well. Recommendable for some to see in the cinema, but on DVD or TV should be fine for most people.
Bad, most of the new characters were incredibly uninteresting and unlikable, particularly Blackbeard and Angelica. I didn't think this film was funny either, unlike the previous films. Ending is quite abrupt after an overlong first part. Soundtrack doesn't really seem to add anything new but instead recycles the soundtrack of the previous films. The supernatural elements have now come to a point where it's just lame. Sporadically entertaining but not nearly enough to warrant a higher score.
Stranger this film is not, and if the last two predecessors had anything going for them---it was that they were at least simultaneously odd and interesting, while also boasting several impressive and memorable effects-filled action sequences. The previous chapters were way ahead of 'On Stranger Tides' in terms of creativity, and when they failed, they did so grandly. This chapter storms in and teeters out with little more than a sigh. Depp is good as usual, but most of the film is a long lull.
Okay pirates, listen up! Seemingly lying to each other only to reveal time and time again (in horribly trite, pseudo-ironic fashion) that the lie was actually the truth... IS NOT WHAT BEING A PIRATE IS ABOUT! Yeah, we get it... very clever. The first time. After that? Try actually lying (and demanding a decent script). Then move on to cheating, stealing, pillaging, murdering, deceiving, and the like. Trust me, it's better that way.
Clearly didn't make an effort, other than Lucas-raping the franchise, to engage an intellectually stimulated audience, so I don't see why I should waste my time on a review. I couldn't wait for this movie to end.
Hands down the second best of the series. Still no where near the quality of the first but I didn't feel like I had just been diagnosed with ball cancer when I left the theater. There was less writing of the 'lets see what wacky acrboatical escapes Depp can do' style even though it was still present. They could have cut the Spanish and the missionary out pretty easily and used that time to develop Blackbeard more which would have made it significantly better.
I had high hopes for this one because of Ian McShane and return of Geoffrey Rush, but the Pirates-saga really should not have gone beyond the first one. This is in my opinion the worst of the four. Pointless and utterly unmemorable.
A wonderful movie! More of Jack Sparrow's backstory is revealed and Will and Elizabeth are unavailable to whine through the movie! I repeat, a wonderful movie! However, the script is based on a book rather than completely original.
Removing all the swashbuckling pirate ship battles and reducing the entire film to a hunt for some haunted treasure makes this film no better than the Mummy. The first three Pirates movies built an engaging story arc with memorable characters, while this one throws it all away to shoehorn PenÚlope Cruz into the series. The music is all recycled and derivative, with nothing new for the ears. Boring, poorly written film.
I suppose after World's End anything not absolutely dreadful is a pleasant surprise. There is the shadow of a good film in here, but it suffers from over indulgence (like the series in general) with too many characters and an over saturation of pointless action scenes. Get someone with a sense of economy in for the next one and the franchise may just work yet.
Stretched the franchise a movie too far with At World's End, so my expectations for this weren't high at all, and I was right. A lot of the performances have been dulled down, 3D is absolutely useless, a lot of key cast members are unaccounted, action sequences rather disappointing and any speck of hope I had with the plot developments were quickly shattered. All in all, a disaster.
I was kind of looking forward to the new 'pirates' movie, the others had been enjoyable and although the second and third films could have been improved considerably, they still had exciting set pieces and memorable moments. How wrong I was. Almost the entire film was shot in the dark, you couldn't see the characters and was clearly only there because director Rob Marshall thought it would be very 'Pirates of the Carabbian-ey'. There were hardly any special effects, which was disappointing - It