Friday, 2 June 2017

Review: POTC Dead Men Tell No Tales

Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.
Starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites

Pirates of the Caribbean has been a part of my life for fourteen years now and 'Dead men tell no tales' is the fifth and apparently final installment of the series. To keep things brief and spoiler free, the story follows young Henry Turner (yep Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan's sprog) as he searches for the fabled trident of Poseidon so he can free his father from the curse that befell him in 'At World's End'.

As usual I'll start with what I believed to be the worst part of the movie - And unfortunately it's Jack Sparrow himself.

He's too drunk, too loud and bar being the reason the villain is pursuing the group, he doesn't really bring anything to the film. It was cool seeing a bit of his back story but honestly? I just found him annoying for the large majority of the film. 

(There's also one scene at the beginning involving a bank that was a touch too far fetched for me but some won't have a problem with it, it's all down to personal taste).

Apart from that though I thought it was a pretty good film. Not mind blowing, but a good watch that provided some good laughs, a couple of scares and some belting special effects (watch out for the sharks!).

I was rather dubious about the introduction of two new characters - Henry and Carina - but I actually really liked the pair. They didn't have the drippy fairytale 'will they won't they' thing that Bloom and Knightley had going on (thank God) and the flirting that they did do didn't make you want to crawl under your chair. Henry's rather sweet and Carina is an independent lady with more to her than a pair of tits, a pretty face or loads of money.

Barbossa took more of a step forward in this film and we got to see him in a different light - I won't spoil it for you but I really liked the way his story line ended up going. Geoffrey Rush is a cracking actor isn't he? 

And of course the new villain, cursed ghost/pirate hunter Salazar played by Oscar winner Javier Bardem. He's super scary, he's oozes ooze (blood maybe?) and he has a hatred for Jack Sparrow that drives the plot forward - Bardem makes a FANTASTIC villain that wouldn't be out of place in a child's nightmare.

So yeah, Pirates five? It gets a thumbs up from me.The cameo's from previous cast members (if you know, you know) are nice and tbh, if they'd been in it anymore I'd have probably walked out because they did my head in. It's not as good as the first one (but none of them are) but it's not as stupid and unfollowable as the third. I liked the new cast members but am happy to say goodbye to some of the old.

But that's my opinion! 

Have you seen POTC5 yet? What did you think to it?

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