The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is cinematically brilliant but it’s just too fantastical and rehashes concepts from the first movie.
Director: Joachim Ronning, Espon Sandberg
Writer: Jeff Nathanson
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Twaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom
Running time: 2hrs 9mins
Release Date: May 26
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is a highly anticipated movie after it was revealed Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly would be reprising their roles as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan respectively, however, the film is just too much.
The film follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his new shipmate Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) – the son of the hero and heroine from the first three movies – as they try to track down the lost Trident of Poseidon.
However, as their journey takes them across the seas they are followed in pursuit by the dead Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his crew who seek to get revenge on Jack.
Cinematically, the film is brilliant and to say the franchise was developed from a ride in the various Disneylands around the world the movies have done well in cinema’s history but this one is probably the worse out of the five.
It seems these days Disney are just rehashing and rebooting successful franchises and narratives such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The fifth franchise has a ship of dead sailors trying to break a curse and a strong, confident female character who continually seems to wear a long dress.
Yes, this description could be used for both Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the new one.
However, the difference is the first movie was gritty, dark and in a way realistic whereas Salazar’s Revenge went a bit overboard (pardon the pun) on the fantastical.
Some of the dead sailors had half their faces blown off, were just arms floating in mid-air but still wielding swords and dead sharks brought to life to chase down their enemies – all a bit ridiculous.
Many of the scenes were also too long winded, in particular, a robbing the bank scene which seemed to last for nearly half the film and didn’t really have any point to it and could have easily been cut down.
Fans of the franchise, including myself, were overjoyed when the trailer revealed Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly were set to rejoin the franchise after being omitted from the fourth movie.
However, their parts don’t seem to be any benefit to the plotline and with the introduction of Thwaites as their son, they didn’t really need to be involved in the film but instead just mentioned as fans would know who they were.
Orlando, whose character Will Turner is now the Captain of the Flying Dutchman, is supposed collect those who died at sea and take them to his locker however so many sailors die in this movie and yet his presence is omitted.
Depp was as always fantastic in his role but the franchise has been overdone now and if there will be another addition he needs to hang up his captain hat and retire. The role is overdone and overplayed.
Bardem was perfect as the Spanish murderous villain but there was sometimes parts where he was speaking and it was hard to fully understand him due to his mouth being full of blood.
Thwaites, although a good actor, didn’t shine as bright as he could have done in this franchise and Scodelario just reimagined the character of Elizabeth Swan just a few years younger – she, just like Knightly did, wore a dress the entire movie and had constant digs at the lifestyle of pirates.
Of course, Geoffrey Rush was brilliant as Captain Barbossa and it was great to see him as a pirate again rather than being on the side of the English as he was in the fourth installment.
Number four in the franchise, On Stranger Tides, brought more than just the living dead into the movies with mermaids being featured and it seemed the follow-up movie kept to that fantastic-ness and was more Peter Pan-esque than swashbuckling pirates.
Although there is a lot of criticism against the movie, it was still very enjoyable to watch and parts were great both narratively and cinematically.
However, this has to be the end of the franchise. The film brings everything to a perfect close and it would ruin an already stretched out collection of movies if there was to be a sixth.
Anyone who is a fan of the movies should go see it for nostalgia purposes and prepare for another great performance from the amazing Depp.
But be prepared to find yourself thinking it wasn’t as great as the original.