Sunday, January 01, 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

2011, US, directed by Rob Marshall

I thoroughly enjoyed the first three entries in the Pirates franchise, despite the obscene budgets and general silliness of any endeavour derived from a theme-park ride, but Gore Verbinski's sure touch with both atmosphere and action is sorely missed here: with the exception of a brief, witty chase sequence early on through the crowded streets of London, the film lacks the essential playfulness that made the earlier films rather more fun to sit thruogh. Jack Sparrow, too, has slowly worn out his welcome: Depp's character was a diverting supporting player when there were multiple plots in motion but front and centre the character is simply too broad, and too repetitive, and Rob Marshall's certainly not the man to ask his lead to rein things in a bit.

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