Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
October 17, 2022 8:01 AM - Subscribe

The checkered past of Capt. Jack Sparrow catches up to him when he encounters Angelica (Penélope Cruz), a beautiful pirate that Jack once loved then left. Angelica forces him to accompany her to the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the notorious Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Accompanied by a zombie crew, the trio sets sail to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. However, Jack's rival, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), also seeks the fountain, as does a ship from Spain.

Also starring Johnny Depp, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Clafin, and other people, probably.

Directed by Rob Marshall. Written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.

33% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streamign in the US on Disney Plus. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total)
Posted as part of today's project to add six high-grossing films that do not yet have a FF post.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:02 AM on October 17, 2022

About the most positive thing I can say about this movie was that, in exchange for the rights to use the subtitle and a few vaguely similar plot elements, Disney gave author Tim Powers a decent chunk of change that he could surely use.

However, I'd much rather re-read Powers' 1987 novel On Stranger Tides that's vintage "What if historical stuff but with weird magic?" fantasy of the sort Powers does best than rewatch this film.

The book was out of print and somewhat hard to find for a long time, but the movie also changed that situation for the better, so I guess that's two things I like about it.
posted by Nerd of the North at 7:44 PM on October 17, 2022 [5 favorites]

Adding a recommendation for Tim Powers. He writes dense books, but wonderfully creative.
posted by beowulf573 at 9:07 AM on October 18, 2022 [1 favorite]

I was so excited when this was announced because I'm a huge Tim Powers fan and the story is great. My family really likes the Pirates of the Caribbean movies generally so it was a no brainer that we'd be seeing it. The movie was ok and I'm not sad that I watched it, but it really didn't do much as a book adaptation.

I usually don't like Johnny Depp (with a few exceptions like Edward Scissorhands) but he's ok for me in these. The rest of the cast is great. The special effects are really well done and that's fun to watch. This is the only Pirates movie I have any vague recollection of the plot after watching it, so that's something I guess.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 10:02 AM on October 20, 2022

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