While I really generally love the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise as a whole, it hasn’t stopped me from thinking to myself that each of these movies tends to run a little on the long side (this installment is 136 minutes long). ON STRANGER TIDES has quite a few intertwining storylines all running throughout the movie. I enjoyed the idea behind the story, with everyone racing to find the Fountain of Youth and especially enjoyed the addition of mermaids (Philip and Syrena’s storyline might’ve been my favourite part of the film).
I felt like after all was said and done though, the movie was missing a whole lot (zombies not being one of those things…). I think it was due to the fact that there was way too much Captain Jack and Angelica Teach and not nearly enough Blackbeard. Disney went out of their way to get one of the best actors of our time, Ian McShane, for a role in the film as the iconic and notorious pirate and gave him hardly any screen time. Same thing for Geoffrey Rush… as an established character in the PIRATES franchise, I felt like Barbossa should’ve been in the film more. Captain Jack is fun and all, but I felt like his antics weren’t quite enough to carry the whole film.
Bloopers of the Caribbean: This set of bloopers was more or less a glorified laugh track, there weren’t any real “bloopers”, just mostly people not being able to keep straight faces as they tried to deliver their lines.
LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack’s Brick Tales: These are the “absolute 100% true tales of Captain Jack Sparrow… trust us we’re pirates” Lego episodes. These are fun but a bit silly. I would’ve much rather have watched these in context with a Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean video game, but this special feature will definitely be a hit for young fans of Captain Jack and the Pirates series.
Audio Commentary by director Rob Marshall
And like all the PotC movies before this one, ON STRANGER TIDES doesn’t really have any definitive conclusion to it and leaves things wide open for the fifth installment.