I know I’m a little late to the party with this one, but having just watched the film, I felt the need to share my thoughts.

On release, the film got a lot of hate and to be honest, I’m not sure why.

Sure it’s flawed, stupid and the plot is a bigger mess than the world wide economy right now. But having seen the previous two, should that come as a surprise? Should I expect anything more than two hours of Johnny Depp doing his Keith Richards impression and Geoffrey Rush shouting “yarrrrggghhh” every now and then?

In my opinion when reviewing films, especially franchise films like the Pirates of the Caribbean series, they need to be judged differently. We’re not reviewing the latest Lars Von Trier film here, nor are we looking at the latest masterpiece from David Fincher or Christopher Nolan. This is a film, financed by Disney and inspired by a ride in a theme park. Plot, character building and whether or not they are insulting the audience’s intelligence is not on the filmmaker’s agenda here.

What they are after, are bums on seats and Captain Jacks face on lunch boxes. Lets not fool ourselves – these films are a money making exercise and should be judged appropriately.

Abandoning much of the structure of the previous three films, On Stranger Tides introduces a bunch of new characters including Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane, aka Lovejoy himself) and Angelica (Penelope Cruz), whilst bringing back a small number of characters from the previous films.

Reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp is clearing enjoying himself here. The $55 million salary that he received probably helped. It’s also good to see Geoffrey Rush returning as Captain Barbossa – a character that I always felt was overlooked in the previous films.

As far as the plot went, I not too sure what was going on. There was something about a fountain of youth, some mermaids and a couple of zombies, but there was so much happening on the screen, I found myself not caring and just sitting back and enjoying what was thrown in front of me. Bit like a theme park ride really.

What does work in the films favour is the fact that you don’t have to see the others to understand what’s going on. The (lack of) story is all contained within the films duration and because of that, I enjoyed it much more than the previous two.

Overall, it’s not a great film and I’m not defending the blatant money making process that’s going on here. But I’d be lying to say that I hated it. It was exactly what I expected and certainly more enjoyable than most other mindless cash ins that get released.

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.

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