Pirates of the Caribbean still under full sail

Monday May 29, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
There’s no lack of swashbuckling action in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, now screening at the Empire Cinema. 17052619 There’s no lack of swashbuckling action in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, now screening at the Empire Cinema. 17052619

When I was referred to a damning review of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie from a well-known US entertainment magazine, I decided not to take a peek.


I didn’t want to hold any expectations. I just wanted to go to the cinema and be entertained.

I strongly suggest you do the same. Otherwise you may come out disappointed.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth instalment in the infamous sea adventure Pirates of the Caribbean series. 

The anti-hero, yet noble character, Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, became an instant hit and even earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal in the original movie in 2003.

The unprecedented appeal set by the initial movie failed to gain momentum in the following three sequels thereafter.

In all honesty, Dead Men Tell No Tales is also unable to stem the tide but does manage to make some waves.

What it actually proves despite some reviews to the contrary, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise remains entertaining.

In the Dead Men Tell No Tales young Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy, seeks the legendary Trident of Poseidon to reverse the curse on his father Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).

But the Royal Navy ship encounters deadly ghost sailors led by the evil Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who is hell-bent on killing every pirate, especially Jack Sparrow.

Captain Salazar spares Henry’s life and asks him to relay his message to Jack: “Tell him: death will come straight for him”.

Jack’s only hope of survival is the Trident of Poseidon but in order to get that, he needs to make an unlikely alliance with Henry and beautiful astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), who knows the path to the power to control the sea.

There is no doubt the Dead Men Tell No Tales is a rehash of its predecessors, but it has its own unique charm and style.

A franchise such as Pirates of the Caribbean cannot be differed in its setting, given the specificity of the subject it is based on.

It’s about pirates and seas, it’s about treasure hunting, and it’s about battles and the rum-swigging and slurring antics of Jack Sparrow.

The movie is brilliantly executed by directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

It’s a fast-paced movie but they ensure you don’t lose track of the story on the journey to the Trident of Poseidon.

The opening is smartly done, defining the mission while introducing new characters and their significance in the franchise.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is not only about the search for treasure, but the purpose behind it.

It’s a story of a son trying to reunite with his father, a daughter trying to achieve her father’s dream and an angry man after vengeance.

And it’s about once-brilliant Jack Sparrow who is trying rediscover his mojo. You wouldn’t want to miss this one because of some bad reviews on the internet.

In fact, I think it’s pretty good.

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