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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

May 30, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Director: Rob Marshall
Actors: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane

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Synopsis: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) embarks on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his daughter (Penelope Cruz) are after it too.

Review: Words are pretty much irrelevant when placed against this juggernaut of a Hollywood movie franchise. To coin a Frederic Jameson phrase, this really is the ‘cultural logic of late capitalism’ – a movie saga based on a fairground ride, and it truly is one of the most ‘industrial’ films I’ve ever seen. The production (and post-production) must have employed literally tens of thousands of people, and the sheer scope of the movie – from its lengthy 140 minute running time, to its hefty CGI quota, and seemingly endless series of action sequences – is ridiculous. Ironically then, for all this money, craft and studio scheming, the film only really honours what I’m assuming is its base entertainment remit, through a bit of low-tech panto fun from Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. But then again, as long as the movie makes a killing at the box office, studio executives won’t really care. (May 2011)

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