Tuesday, May 31, 2011
My Review: On Stranger Tides
In this adventure, Jack stands alone with a whole new set of characters: The vile Blackbeard, the evilest pirate you'll ever meet (played by Ian Mcshane), an old flame who he can't trust (played by Penelope Cruz), a noble and valiant minister (played by Sam Clafin), and a slew of flesh eating mermaids.
Motivations is what this is all about, and they shift and evolve as the plot twists out: Jack wants to right an old wrong, Angelica wants years of life, Blackbeard wants to break a prophecy, and Barbossa wants revenge. All together, they travel to the proposed Fountain of Youth, and I must say, when they all got there, I had no idea what was going to happen next!
Action packed, brimming with great one liners, this kept my attention all two hours, and I was sad to see it end.
Blackbeard is the ultimate bad guy. His motivations are all for himself, and like the minister says, "All souls can be saved, but yours is a long shot." Here we have a pirate worse than any other in all the POTC tales.
On another note, I immensely enjoyed the scenes with the mermaids. They seemed so sweet and beautiful. A love story plays out, both fragile and innocent, contrasting very nicely with the dirty pirate woes. I only wish they had more scenes with Serena in them!
Overall: 5 stars. I recommend it if you're looking for a visually stunning high stakes adventure on the seas!