Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (spoiler free Review)
And he is back! Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow is back fighting villains, Pirates, and Undead among other things in this new installment of the franchise. But even then is this movie worth watching – read ahead to find out!
It has been 10 years since the actual franchise (having Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley) ended with World’s End. With a relatively unknown Norwegian director Joachim Rønning at the helm of this one the movie has a tough job of merging together with the old story lines and creating new ones.
As it starts we find a young Henry Turner who wants to get his Dad Will Turner back from the curse of the Dutchmen (that they can only set foot on land once in 10 years) aboard a company’s ship chasing down pirates in the fabled Devil’s Triangle – a literal embodiment of the Bermuda Triangle where ships are sucked into a hell and devoured. The Devil’s Triangle is actually haunted by Capt. Salazar and his crew who have been locked there by Capt Jack Sparrow and are seeking revenge on all pirates, specially Jack. Cut to Jack, who is continuing his antics somewhere on the island of St Martin. There are some amazingly executed comic sequences where we are also introduced to an incredibly smart woman, Carina Smyth. Carina has a mysterious diary in her possession and happens to be on a quest to find a map ‘no man could read’ – one that would lead them to Poseidon’s Trident, the most powerful artifact that can break all curses. Her motive to find the trident is not fully revealed, but Henry Turner and Jack Sparrow join in her quest for their own reasons, Henry to free his dad, and Jack because the only way to defeat Salazar is by using the Trident. Capt. Barbossa also joins the motley crew soon.
The movie seems to correct many of the wrongs done by the last movie (on Stranger Tides) did. It feels a fresh start to the franchise, hopefully a new trilogy as the studios have tagged it as beginning of the end. Plotwise the movie seems to hold well. Acting from the new comers is decent, if not stellar. Javier Bardem excels in his role as Capt. Salazar and manages to strike terror in every frame that he is present. What under performs here is Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. It is true that the whole franchise kind of rests on his antics, but in this one he seems to have literally lost it, both his mind and acting skills.
He seems to be a caricature of the older Jack and continues to play along or even make fun of his older acting styles. Quite a big let down there. Another thing that’s the problem is the pacing of the movie, it doesn’t seem that characters are genuine to the cause being carried out in the movie, and continue pursuing their own side quests. The story keeps wavering from being serious to plain stupid in almost no time, and things happen on their own accord. Capt Jack can go bonkers at any time, regardless of the serious of the quest at hand. The dialogues are funny at places, but overdo themselves most of the time.
The cinematography is amazing and new locations introduced manage to captivate the audiences for the duration of the slightly over two hours movie length. The soundtrack retains the action-adventure theme of the previous instalments and so do the action sequences which are well set to tune on them. Would recommend to catch it in theatres for tongue-in-cheek action sequences and fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Men of Comics Ratings: (3.5 / 5)
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