According to the news, this movie was held for ransom by hackers before its release. I have to say that a pirate film being held for ransom by pirates may be the only exciting thing about this film.
Salazar’s revenge/ Dead men tell no tales tries to create an air of nostalgia for the first film (The Curse of the Black Pearl) – two young people who fall in love, immortal curses and of course pirates. This time around it’s Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightley)’ s son Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) who play the young lovers.
Henry wants to find Poseidon’s Trident to free his father from the Davy Jones’ curse. The sea god’s weapon can supposedly break any curse at sea and astronomer Carina is the only one with a map to find it, given to her by her mysterious father. Enter the main attraction of the Pirates of.. films – Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who we are told has unsurprisingly annoyed yet another person who now seeks revenge.
Javier Bardem, the latest in a long line of good actors who have been dragged into this franchise plays Armando Salazar. Salazar is an undead Spanish captain who, along with his crew is bound by a curse thanks to Jack. Jack must find Poseidon’s trident if he is to defeat Salazar. Geoffrey Rush reprises his role as Barbossa and joins the quest for his own reasons. Yes there are a LOT of subplots. Oh and Paul McCartney takes over as the famous musician cast member from Keith Richards. He appears in a brief cameo as Jack’s uncle – the moment creates a spark which makes me wish there was a much more witty and entertaining Pirates film with Jack’s family that isn’t a CGI spectacle.
Salazar’s revenge/ Dead men tell no tales to some extent tries and succeeds in replicating the charm of the first film. But after four films I felt tired watching the predictable CGI ghost pirates and antics of the incorrigible Jack Sparrow. The film proves there is such a thing as rote-watching a movie – it’s like your eyes and mind go through pre-existing motions and thoughts.
I didn’t actually hate this film. It is even better than a few of its predecessors but it no longer has anything new to offer. Johnny Depp carries on with just as much enthusiasm as the first film but there is only so much a brilliant actor can do with a role that is no longer entertaining. Given this fact, one has to understand that this franchise which was initially so novel that it got Depp an Oscar nomination for the first film, has really run its course.
At one point I thought the film seemed to indicate that this might be the final film, in which case I thought this was a good story since it seemed to tie everything up in a neat bow. This hope was extinguished when I saw the post-credits scene which clearly suggests yet another sequel. I guess I will see you back here in exactly the same spot in a couple of years.
Just to clarify: The movie I watched was called Salazar’s revenge but this movie has also been released under the name Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead men tell no tales. It has apparently been released under different names in different countries.