Those were words I never–ever thought I would say. EVER. I love Captain Jack Sparrow. One of the most original, creative and dare I say, brilliant characters ever created. I am with the few who actually enjoyed the entire trilogy of Pirates–and so, to say that I was excited about Pirates 4, would be an understatement. More Jack Sparrow! YES! But, then I watched it.
First, let me start by saying I am more disappointed than disgusted. I would not use the word hate or horrible, instead I will use sad and unremarkable. I was expecting a riotous, jolly good time and honestly, I was a little bored half way through. *GASP* I turned to Matt and said, “I should be a little more interested and excited than I am.” And I can say I was NEVER bored with the other Pirates.
I think the biggest problem is the lack of a protagonist. We actually need a Wil Turner and an Elizabeth Swan. See, Jack is not supposed to be the hero. He is the scene stealer. The upstaging side-kick. The ever important and much-needed comic relief. And let’s face it–Jack ends up doing right but usually it begins in a self-serving way and he stumbles upon his own good heart. He is a good man AND a pirate. Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides tries to make a hero out of Jack and it doesn’t work. He also appears less drunk and less grimy–hmm strange tides, indeed. It will appear that too much screen time makes Jack a dull boy.
Everything else is just average. Barbosa seems less imposing. Blackbeard is lame in comparison to Davy Jones (which is sad). [Side note: We re watched the trilogy recently and had forgotten how gory and violent it was (awesome!). It bought to sharp contrast how “clean” this latest installment was.] The new love interest, Angelica is weak. Sub plot with young, handsome clergy and mermaid is silly. Action is ordinary (best sequence is with the mermaids).
Yep, pretty mediocre. And I was expecting more…a lot more. *Deep Sigh*