I’ve just returned from seeing the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men tell No Tales and in spite of all the bashing the critics have given it, I found it to be quite entertaining. The action is non-stop and very humorous, the characters are good and the storyline is intriguing and keeps your attention. If you haven’t seen any of the previous Pirates movies (This is the fifth one) you wouldn’t appreciate it or understand the ending as the characters are repeat characters from the others and this one ties up a lot of loose ends.
The story features Johnny Depp as everyone’s favorite pirate Jack Sparrow and his steadfast honorable crew.
The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea – notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry, a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy.
There’s a good variety of well choreographed action throughout featuring ship battles, plenty of swordplay, stunt work and Captain Jack’s one liners. At one point when the heroine of the film Carina Smythe (Kaya Scodelaro)tries to tell Jack the map he is looking for is a map no man can read (as it is by the stars and she’s an astronomer) Jack replies, “Nobody on this ship can read so every map is a map no man can read.” Or when Jack and Corina and Henry are in a small rowboat heading towards an island, Corina decides she is near enough to swim in to which Jack says, “How dare you do what I would do if I were you.”
Geoffrey Rush returns as Jack’s arch enemy Captain Barbossa who teams up with the evil Captain Salazaar (Javier Bardem) and his ghostly crew who is also after Jack as is the British Navy. I really liked Captain Salazaar’s ghost ship. When it attacks another ship it opens up like a huge monstrous mouth and clamps down on the ship smashing it to piece
There is also an interesting part in a flashback showing Captain Jack as a young lad who steals from Captain Salazaar. He looks exactly what Captain Jack would look like as a 12 or 13 year old.
There is plenty of action and hilarious escape scenes like when jack is about to be guillotined and a cannon ball hits the guillotine causing it to spin upside down and right side up causing the blade to go up and down missing Jack each time.
Although I disagree with the critics about it being a bad movie I do agree with this one critic:
Is Captain Jack really all that important, though? The argument could be made that the most iconic character of this franchise isn’t technically the main character of any of the “Pirates” movies, which is especially true for Dead Men Tell No Tales. When you think about it, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan and even Barbossa were more driving forces to the previous plots than Captain Jack who was more than content lurking in the background, being left to his own devices to gallivant at his convenience about the sea, brothels and taverns. He is an anti-hero spouting unique philosophies, who looks cool, acts weird and is quite entertaining in his ever evasion of what would be certain death for any other character.
This Pirates of the Caribbean is well worth seeing if you liked these movies and should check it out.
Check out these super extended trailers.