4 out of 5 (80%) reviewers would recommend
Joachim Ronning,Espen Sandberg
Joachim Ronning,Espen Sandberg
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (also known as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge outside the US and Japan) is an upcoming American fantasy swashbuckler film, and the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The film is directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg from a script by Jeff Nathanson, with Jerry Bruckheimer serving again as producer. Johnny Depp, Kevin McNally and Geoffrey Rush reprise their roles as Jack Sparrow, Joshamee Gibbs and Hector Barbossa, respectively. The film also stars Javier Bardem as Armando Salazar, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner and Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth. The film also features the returns of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann respectively, following their absence from the fourth installment, On Stranger Tides. The filmmakers cited the first installment, The Curse of the Black Pearl, as inspiration for the script and tone of the film.Pre-production for the film started shortly before On Stranger Tides was released in early 2011, with Terry Rossio writing a script for the film. In early 2013, Jeff Nathanson was hired to write a new script, with Depp being involved in Nathanson's writing process. Initially planned for a 2015 release, the film was delayed to 2016 and then to 2017, due to script and budget issues. Principal photography started in Australia in February 2015, after the Australian government offered Disney $20 million of tax incentives, and ended in July 2015. It is set to be released in conventional, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats on May 26, 2017.
May 26, 2017
REVIEW: Time and tide wait for none. Not even for the likes of Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, two supremely talented actors captaining this ambitious finale to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. As time runs out and tides become stronger, Bardem and Depp take turns at the wheel, and barely manage to bring the ship to shore. The movie has the makings of an epic adventure. The VFX is stunning, the actors' comic timing is impeccable, cinematographer Paul Cameron's sweeping shots of cramped Caribbean towns and the vast nothingness of sea are impressive, and the pace keeps you hooked. But Salazar's Revenge is mainly held back by two common problems of the franchise. 1) The adventures lack the element of surprise; they're more like road-trips with pre-determined pitstops now (a menacing villain, a curse here or there, a witch guiding the pirates, etc). And 2) The absolute irrelevance of Jack Sparrow to the main plot. Is there another movie that requires so little of its protagonist? Even in Salazar's Revenge, Sparrow (Depp) continues to be a charming, drunken pirate who waddles into a quest for the ultimate treasure. Henry's (Thwaites) quest,to be precise. As Henry tries to find Poseidon's Trident and free his father (Orlando Bloom in a cameo) from a curse, he runs into Carina (Scodelario), who is also after the Trident as a means to connect with her own estranged father. But the young adventurers need a ship and a captain to take them to the treasure. And that's the bare minimum Sparrow can do. Sparrow, in turn, is running away from Salazar (Bardem), a half-dead-half-alive ghost-man thirsty for revenge. The plot twists are too bizarre and yet not too unbelievable. The movie thrives on star-power, cameos and special effects. But the visual treat of a climax will pull the wool over your eyes,and you will buy into the fantasy. Go on this final voyage. The seas might get a bit rough but the pirates won't rob you off a good time.