6 years on from the rather weak At Stranger Tides, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise returns with Salazar’s Revenge or Dead Men Tell No Tales, whatever your local cinema prefers. The film is directed by Norwegian duo Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning. It stars the returning Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom. And features the POTC debuts of Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario.
The film centres around Sparrow and co, searching for Poseidon’s mythical ‘Trident’, that will remove all curses in the sea. Sparrow also faces an old enemy, a ghost Spanish captain and his crew, that Sparrow sent to their death before he became the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow.
The story is definitely new and refreshing and feels a lot more like the original series, where storytelling was at the forefront of the plots. However, the story felt rushed. The plot was new but seemed very rushed in the fact that new parts of the story were popping up like popcorn in a microwave, making it complex and hard to follow at times, for a movie meant for families.
Javier Bardem was very good playing the villain, which is no surprise for those who have seen Skyfall. His acting was perhaps the best of the whole cast. However, as expected Depp was brilliant as Jack Sparrow and has continued to develop his character, whilst keeping Sparrow as entertaining as ever. He plays the character so well and I genuinely couldn’t think of anyone who could replace him in that role.
The film is an action packed adventure which is extremely fun for everyone of all ages. The film provides laugh out loud moments which keep you entertained throughout the 2 hours. The visual effects are absolutely astonishing, making the action sequences a joy to watch. Although these things can not completely substitute the average storyline and acting, it certainly helps to keep you entertaining and impressed.
The film is certainly worth a watch and is everything you’d want and expect from a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. But it just lacks that certain wow factor.
Trialling a brief review this time, but hope you enjoyed it. Let us know what you thought of the movie.