Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides last night – it was okay….


The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film was not what I wanted to watch last night at my local cinema. Some of you may be surprised by such a claim. However, all the seats for X-Men: First Class had sold out…

So Paul and I decided to see Pirates 4… in 3D. Yes, I know I have a slightly against 3D attitude, but after being bombarded by ads in 3D for the film every time we went to see a 3D film, this past year, we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

You’ll notice by the title of this post that I didn’t find the film outstanding. It was okay.

Sure it looked pretty good, except for the low lighting used for almost all the fight sequences, which meant that quite often you could not see who was fighting who. The use of 3D would have made more sense if such critical visuals had been better lit.

Oh well. My main other complaint with the film is that there was far too much dialogue. There was too much telling rather than showing, which I’ve previously talked about on Habitual Films.

Tonnes of the film’s exposition was delivered through dialogue rather than using visual story telling techniques. This meant that the film’s pacing wasn’t as tight as it could have been.

The film makes for a good distraction, but it really did feel clunky in places. If you’ve seen the previous films then you might as well watch it, but for me it wasn’t as good as it had the potential to be.

Ah well, at least the film followed Jack Sparrow most of the time.


One thought on “Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides last night – it was okay….

  1. Mermaid-lady and priest-dude made me think of the “I’m different” turret from Portal 2, for some reason. Other than that, i too think this was an adequate movie. The plot was the standard “obtain item A and B, go to location C, and perform hideously profane ritual D” thing, and the stereotypes were stereotypical.

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