Overall, On Stranger Tides is not perfect. There were moments of clichés and the story was a bit rickety in some places, there were some redeeming qualities. I believe each person must decide for themselves what part(s) is (are) redeeming enough for this film to be included in the POTC franchise. I for one believe that if they did not use a lot of ideas and themes from the novel but rather stay true to the previous three films then it would have made for an even better film. Despite these complaints, On Stranger Tides is a worthy installment. The production (Wyatt Smith and David Brenner) values are impeccable, the cinematography (Dariusz Wolski) is skillful, the costumes, sets and period recreation is authentic (John Myhre), the effects are superb, and the music score (Hans Zimmer) was rousing and brought some much-needed energy. Director Rob Marshall does better than expected and the film is livelier in pace than Dead Man's Chest (2006) and At World's End (2007).