Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

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Starring: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario

Plot: Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas. (IMDB.com).

Rating: 4/10

Overall: Like most POC films post-The Curse of the Black Pearl, this fifth film in the franchise fell far short. I can’t say that my expectations were very high, but I definitely hoped to be proven wrong. Admittedly, I have not seen the fourth film, but at this point in these films, I don’t really think it’s necessary either. I think the greatest part of the film (aside from Johnny Depp’s revival of Jack Sparrow’s quirky character and humor) was Bardem’s portrayal of Captain Salazar. I think the creation of that character was beautifully done – I just wish there was something more to him in the film. I liked that they gave some of his background to allow the viewer to build some empathy for him, but at the same time, I think there were still some gaps in the plot and character development. I also found this film to be incredibly anti-climatic, which is very disappointing. Sure, there’s lot of action sequences, but essentially nothing that really gives you the punch in the gut you’re hoping for or that adds any substance to the plot. While I think the two young protagonists, Henry Turner and Carina Smyth, offer a youthful and fun-spirited, almost reincarnation of William Turner and Elizabeth Swan from the first film, they just seem like they don’t belong. Henry is trying to avenge the curse put on his father and you have the same for Captain Salazar seeking vengeance on Jack Sparrow for his curse. It just seems like two plots that don’t fit together or sort of clash and make the film fall apart.

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