Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge

Rush is pleased the film, after the earlier films were shot in other exotic destinations around the world, was largely made on the Gold Coast. It recaptures much of what we all loved about this franchise way back in 2003: the swashbuckling action, humor, romance, and that unbelievable orchestral theme.

Some six years after the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, scored a cool billion dollars at the box office, the inevitable fifth installment is finally nearly here, as Disney endeavours to see if there's still life in the swashbuckling adventure franchise given a general audience cooling on Johnny Depp in recent years. But suffice it to say that there are a lot of characters in this movie and a lot of them serve no objective. As always, Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are a delight to watch.

Depp himself never changes either.

Fortunately, Dead Men Tell No Tales brings back the swashbuckling fun of the original trilogy. Depp's core talent and professionalism lets him slide through. While dispiriting, her pleas and tiny slaps may be the only thing here that resonates in our world: They might signal to adults that the movie is ending and it's at last time to wake up. Will and Elizabeth have fleeting air time here and are replaced by Will's son Henry (Brenton Thwaites, a very good lookalike for Orlando Bloom) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario).

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"We're extremely thrilled to be working with Disney and to be able to premiere the newest installment of the famous franchise in our ScreenX format". Many years ago, a young Sparrow tricked Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), a pirate-hunter of the Spanish Navy, trapping him and his crew in the Devil's Triangle. With his hunched, crab-like walk, eerily floating hair, black liquid dribbling between his lips and labored breathing (although why would a ghost breathe?), Salazar does cut a menacing yet strangely tragic figure. The themes in the movies touch upon old legends centered around the sea. Everybody covets it for a different reason and the quest leads them all over the map, with betrayals, double crosses, chases and explosions happening every few minutes or so. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

The problem I had with the rest of the film was that they had "upped the ante" on the slapstick, which was far too much for my liking. Even that moment, like the movie around it, is hollow. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, two Norwegian filmmakers behind Bandidas and Kon-Tiki (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), the movie has a great balance of fantastical horror, humor, action, romance, and plenty of surprises. It's a definitely a pleasant surprise after the lackluster On Stranger Tides.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa. But you probably won't remember a thing about it as soon as it's finished.

  • Carlos Nash