Sunday, May 28, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck 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 (Bardem), 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.
Director: Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning
Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Rated: PG-13 for Some Suggestive Content and Adventure Violence
Runtime: 2 hr. 9 min.
Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the 5th entry in the series, is a fun bit of filmmaking but directors Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning can’t shake the feeling of familiarity. A villain with a grud, a treasure and Jack Sparrow make for a decent enough time at the movies but this fifth installment never seems to find its sea legs. With Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly sitting this entry out, for the most part, Johnny Depp is left with some unmagnetic replacements. Neither Brenton Thwaites or Kaya Scodelario, who looks like a young Rebecca Hall, are interesting enough to make you care about them. Javier Bardem is good fun as the villain in the piece even if the film doesn’t seem to know how to utilize him best. The plot is straightforward enough to keep wandering minds entertained but once it’s all said and done, I doubt anyone will give it a second thought.