Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
So Jerry Bruckheimer along with Disney are back with their $3.7billion franchisee, in their fifth instalment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, or as released in India, wonder why, Salazar’s Revenge.
So there is a new good looking couple, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, who are on a mission to trace an unknown island and find the Trident of Poseidon. Whilst they both have their motives behind this search, they are pursued by the Pirate King, Capt. Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) along with the ghost pirate, once pirate killer, Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) all to find their common point, Captain Jack Sparrow (guess who?)
So we have our big set piece in the form of a bank being dragged, you heard it right, across St. Martin, by a sleepy drunk Jack and his first aide, Gibbs and company as Jack’s intro scene, which comes quite after the new trio has been introduced in the film.
For the people wanting to find faults in the franchisee, I would recommend stay at home. Not worth your time and money.
For the die hard fans of the franchisee, which else are there?, this is another outing to enjoy with the family. There is a decent amount of time spent more on the characters rather than just set pieces, unlike its predecessor.
The special effects, especially for the intro of the Black Pearl and the finale sea sequence are the highlights of the film.
Thwaites and Kaya are both good fresh recruits making a decent impact on the film. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly still ewoke the same chemistry.
Rush is brilliant as always but is left with the sentimental end of the stick towards the end whilst Bardem however effective, doesn’t come across as menacing as he did in the promos. On the contrary it feels otherwise at times.
Depp is Depp, is Depp. No one can pull this role off like him and he doesn’t let you down one bit. From the word go, he is in his character, drunk, sleepy but yet alert when required. Less scheming as he was in the initial trilogy but yet he leaves you earning for more of him on screen.
If this was to be the last of the series, as publicised, then I felt it did justice to all the loose ends of the past and neatly tied them down. The only thing I felt that if it is the last, then the parting shot should have been a close up of Sparrow signing off with his one liners. A perfect tribute to the man who gave life to a 50 year old ride in an amusement park and entertained us for almost a decade and a half.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
Rating : 3.5