For a movie about setting sail to find the Fountain of Youth, On Stranger Tides feels old and tired. Only thing memorable were the mermaids. Those gorgeous, deadly mermaids. Without the mermaids, they really had nothing we haven't seen before.
It was an ok fun action film. I liked it better then the second and thought it was as good as the third which I think is really underrated. The cast was good, but they waited to long to bring out Blackbeard to be the big bad and there was too too many characters. I did like how Jack dealt with Angelina as well as the before mentioned Mermaids. A bit of anti-Cathlic vibe through this thing, but it was not really illogical either.
Originally posted by lotjxI thought it was as good as the third which I think is really underrated.
Oh, I liked the third film a lot more than any Pirates except for the first. I gave At World's End a very positive review back in '07 where I clearly laid out the Star Wars analogue Pirates had become, which I loved:
I think every trilogy now is going with some lame cliffhanger ending for the second. Dead Man's Chest had a lot of problems. You had characters not acting like themselves ie everyone betraying everyone else for really no reason thus everyone becomes unlikable. The love triangle of Will/Elizabeth/Norington turning into a quadrant with Jack for no reason. Another group of immortals who can't be killed thus the heroes have no chance of winning. Its also an hour and half to long. There was no need to have the East Indian Trading Company villains.
It should have been Jack out to find Davey Jones' heart to cancel his deal with him, Will and Elizabeth get married then they learn about Will's father. They find Jack who is also looking for the heart. Davey is going utterly insane attacking every ship in the fleet thus the pirates have to stop him. Davey's crew is not immortal just him. Huge fight over the heart, Will frees his father, Elizabeth is pregnant and Jack keeps his ship. The End. On to another movie that has nothing to do with Elizabeth and Jack.
The Third one did a nice job of fixing the problems with the second while still being a good film. The only problem I had is Will taking over for Davey Jones, I thought that was rather shitty considering all they went through. Will's Dad should have been the one to take that spot. I love Barbossa, but the rest of the Black Pearl crew needed to stay the hell away from the second and third one.
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Just saw it last night...and I got a bit of an Indiana Jones-Crystal Skull vibe. A 4th movie trying to make $$$ with the same characters we know and love, with a way-too-supernatural finish.
C'mon, man. The Spaniards were as greedy as any other European power of the time. They wouldn't have hesitated to use the Fountain of Youth to gain an advantage over France or England, and they certainly wouldn't have destroyed it as an "abomination."
Plus, anybody else notice Barbossa's privateer ship was flying the wrong Union Jack?
He flew this one, which wasn't adopted until 1801:
God, I'm a vexillology nerd.
And the one time we see Blackbeard's flag aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, it's wrong, too.
Too bad, considering Disney's amusing history in this series w/ using real pirate flags for their fictional pirates.
Hector Barbossa used the actual flag of Calico Jack Rackham (which I think the Tampa Bay Bucs based their current logo upon):
And likewise, when Jack Sparrow sailed off on that little raft at the end of the 3rd movie, it was under the actual flag of Henry Avery:
(EDIT: Rackham and Avery's flags did NOT have those white stripes on 'em...I linked to semi-crappy images. Also, info source. And flag source! And thanks, Mike!)
To be fair to Blackbeard, its not like he had a design team in the back coming up with the flag. I am sure for the late 1700s, it was good. I did miss the flag for Blackbeard, but something tells me if they did use the real Queen Anne's Revenge, people would have laughed at it and then had to be told by their smarter friends it was right only to be shot down by comments similar to Scotty's.
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