Meh. That’s my first reaction.
This is part 4 of a movie franchise that’s based on a theme park ride, remember – and by now I imagine the creators have run out of new elements to introduce. So: there’s Jack Sparrow (“with a ‘Captain’ in there somewhere”), there’s Barbossa, there are other ‘interested parties’, all in a mad rush to find the Fountain of Youth. Along the way, there are sea creatures, there’s a supernatural ship, and a romance sub-plot that begs the question: why?!
Does any of this sound familiar?
Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly are gone, but there isn’t anyone who ‘fills’ the spots that they held. Instead, there’s Penelope Cruz, who’s role in the movie seems tenuous. She has appreciable screen time, mind you – but does she play a significant part? I’m not so sure. And then there are a bunch of other characters who are all present and who all fill the screen – but it’s not much coherent there either.
All in all, it’s just a movie where it seems like we’ve already seen it before. To the extent, that even the customary funny scenes involving Sparrow sometimes seem off color. It’s not a bad movie – it’s just not a good one any more, after three movies before this along the same lines. Go watch it if you have the time, but don’t put off that other important thing just to watch this.
Meh. Yeah, that’s still my reaction.