Monday, May 29, 2017

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

The pirates return for one last swashbuckling adventure that resolves a few outstanding plot threads from the previous film. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is down on his luck still a whole bank instead of just the safe inside. Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and hopes to reverse the curse his father is under by finding the trident of Poseidon. He works aboard a British vessel until the crew is killed by dead men led by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) who wants revenge on Jack Sparrow. Also looking for the trident is Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant young woman accused of being a witch.

After the bank heist, Jack loses his crew because all of the gold fell out of the safe. He wonders through the streets drunkenly and trades the magic compass for a bottle of rum. This trade frees Salazar and his crew from their prison, allowing them to sail at daylight and take over the seas. Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) was the leader of the seas until Salazar started killing his crew and sinking his ships. A ruthless British officer Scarfield (David Wenham) imprisons Jack and Carina, sentencing them to execution. Barbossa goes to the real witch Shansa (Golshifteh Farahani) to understand what Salazar desires.

Through a hilarious sequence, Jack escapes the guillotine with Carina and Henry and sets sail in his ship the Dying Gull. Barbossa makes a deal with Salazar to help find Jack Sparrow. They follow a map in the stars that only Carina understands, pursued by the British and Salazar. They survive a mutiny and an attack from undead sharks, they make it to dry land where Salazar cannot follow. On Hangman's Bay, Jack is nearly forced to marry a woman but Barbossa shows up having convinced Salazar that he will find Sparrow for him. Barbossa uses his sword to free the Black Pearl from a bottle and they take off back in the ocean.

Salazar's ship destroys the British vessel and pursues the Black Pearl as they race towards a hidden island. Jack escapes the blade of Salazar but Henry is captured. Corina opens up the map to the trident as Barbossa realizes that she is his daughter. Jack and Corina make it to the trident as Salazar possesses Henry. They fight for possession until the trident is split ending all curses across the sea. Barbossa sacrifices himself to kill Salazar and save his daughter and everything works out for the couple including Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.

The whole film is simply a sequel to tie up the loose end at the end of the third film, but it is was silly and still had antic by Jack Sparrow to make it somewhat entertaining. Depp is fine as his iconic character, reprising it for the fifth time. This story adds to Barbossa one of the better characters thanks to Geoffrey Rush. Thwaites has been in several silly movies and is never very impressive on the screen. Bardem is the most entertaining new addition as he growls at Sparrow and seeks revenge. The film has enough to enjoy to not fill like a total waste, but this should signal the finale of what was an interesting series of films. 

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