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Old 24-05-2011, 05:34   #1
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[Cinema Review] Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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For my sins I'm a bit of a Pirate buff and despite the many flaws of the original trilogy I enjoyed them immensely, many nods to pirate lore.

I went to this sequel with high spirits, no prior knowledge, safe in the assumption that with the same writing team inplace I'd have an entertaining evening.

Unfortunately I was pretty bored, the film made little sense to me with a plot just as convoluted as At World's End. They seemed to have a real trouble in starting the quest with a good 40 mins wasted on a complicated set-up with multiple confusing motivations for tying Jack into the proceedings. Pirates doesn't really do villains as they are all loveable rogues with valid motivations for their actions, but Blackbeard and his daughter's role were very sloppily implemented, creating an extremely weak finale. The Spanish have a great intro, but are disappointingly neglected for most of the running time.

The film is slightly burdened with the need to setup the backtory for parts 2 & 3. We have the Spanish as the replacements for the Royal Navy/East India Company, the Mermaids bring in the mythic/folklore element al a Davey Jones. Barbosa gets a new ship, Jack get the Pearl. Part 2 will hopefully be better formed.
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This film is "suggested" by Tim Powers's novel On Stranger Tides, which has just been reissued in the UK by Corvus. I have a review copy to hand.
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Old 24-05-2011, 07:13   #4
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many nods to pirate lore
Such as the Captain being effectively elected by the crew so in the event of a serious disagreement they would elect another captain hence no such thing as a mutiny
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Old 24-05-2011, 08:10   #5
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Originally posted by Gary Couzens
This film is "suggested" by Tim Powers's novel On Stranger Tides, which has just been reissued in the UK by Corvus. I have a review copy to hand.
Look forward to a review Gary. I realised that I didn't mention the book in my review, but given that it apparently bares little resemblance to it, the oversight can hopefully be forgiven.
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I'll be the lone voice of dissent and confess that I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the people I saw it with. I had pretty low expectations to be fair, but it certainly enhanced my Tuesday evening. Mind you, I have a weakness for films with plenty of prime ham from the likes of Geoffrey Rush and Richard Griffiths. I charitably presume the former was letting himself go after his beautifully understated turn in "The King's Speech".

On the point about the director, I didn't notice much directing at all really since the actors were clearly doing whatever they wanted and the effects, second unit and stunt teams were presumably responsible for much of the rest.
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Saw it last night. Absolutely loved it.

Nuff said.
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