Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Film Review

I caught Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales when it opened last Friday. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. Another seafaring tale of pirates, legends and curses.

Orlando Bloom's Will Turner is still the captain of the Flying Dutchman, but his son Henry has calculated when they might resurface, and tells his father he has a plan to find Poseidon's Trident, and with it release him from his curse. Will is unconvinced of the plan and forces Henry off the Flying Dutchman.

Many years later Henry, played by handsome young heartthrob Brenton Thwaites, is part of a Royal Navy crew and sees the danger the ship faces, when following a pirate ship close to the cursed Devil's Triangle. He tries to persuade the Captain to change course but is thrown into a cell for mutiny. He then hears the screams as the crew are slaughtered by a ghost ship lurking in the shadows of the Devil's Triangle. He alone survives and the ghostly ship's Captain Salazar, fantastically made-up with floating seaweed style hair, and played by the sexy Javier Bardem, spares him to send a message to Jack Sparrow. That death is coming for him.

Meanwhile in Saint Martin, Jack is involved in an audacious plot to rob the island's new bank, and Carina Smyth, played by exotic Kaya Scodelario, finds herself caught up in the robbery. She is arrested as a witch when in fact she is a scientist studying the stars. And after his plan goes wrong Jack finds himself without a crew, and drowning his sorrows in a bar. Paying for his drink with his compass. He is captured by the British and thrown into jail.

Carina who escaped disguised as a nurse hears Henry tale in the hospital, sentenced for mutiny, and talking to the lovely David Wenham's Navy officer, she realises they are both searching for the same thing. She helps him escape but is recaptured herself.

Henry finds Jack in jail and is disappointed to find that the Jack Sparrow he has heard so much about from his parents is a drunkard with no pants. But with two executions scheduled it was a fast paced start to the movie with big sets. Johnny Depp a caricature of himself making it difficult to know where Johnny stops and Jack Sparrow begins.

Geoffrey Rush played Captain Barbossa, now a rich Pirate King who finds his pirate fleet is under siege by a ghostly ship and crew. He realises that Salazar is now free of the Devil's Triangle. And that must mean that Jack has given away his compass. Barbossa is himself searching for something only the compass can find.

With a young Jack Sparrow played by the gorgeous Anthony De La Torre, old and new foes uniting to find the missing Trident that controls the seas, a map of stars only Carina can read, and young and old lovers finding each other again; the film is swashbuckling entertainment for all the family. With a little Maggie May thrown in.

But it would appear from a teaser after the credits that not all curses were broken.....

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