What do Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the latest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise have in common? It's that they are good old-fashioned movies, but sadly this means that they are not groundbreaking or offer anything new or exciting, it's predictable by the numbers adventure romps.
It's hardly surprising that On Stranger Tides doesn't offer much in the way of innovative ideas when it's the fourth Pirates movie, which has to rely on Johnny Depp's madcap anti-hero 'Captain Jack Sparrow' for an entire movie, who is far better served up in shorter comedic bursts.
I also thought it strange to give Jack such a romantic backstory when I see him as a pretty asexual caricature of a character and there was very little chemistry with Penelope Cruz to sell the concept of a previous relationship.
exhibited at Arclight Sherman Oaks cinema
What it does succeed in doing is acting as an entry to the established franchise for new audiences who've not seen any of the previous films. I've only seen the first two, but it was easy to get caught up about the characters and this new high seas adventure.
on display at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
I give Pirates On Stranger Tides three *** stars for being well produced and entertaining, but take points off for unoriginality and predictability. Oh, and too much Jack Sparrow.
Pirates and Westerns are my least favourite genre, give me a superhero or sci-fi movie any day, so maybe that explains my lackluster review, but let's hope that the House of the Mouse has some better ideas in the future after its recent uninspiring live-action movies (I'm still trying to get over my disappointment at Tron: Legacy).
Until then I'm looking forward to some comic book action in the form of X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America...