New Tales to Be Told
Pirates of the Caribbean: the action packed comedy that far surpasses the 4th installment, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” feels like the first PoTC in a good way. The movie introduces new main characters and they share a chemistry with the senior cast that is fresh and fun. Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar is menacing and creepy, with a great back story and a motivation that makes sense. The new young cast is impressive and opens up so many new possibilities.
“My mother was a horologist”
I absolutely love the PoTC franchise because of their ability to cast such kick ass female characters. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is no let down in that department. Carina, played by Kaya Scodelario, is witty, charming, and can really hold her own up against Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. Carina is an astronomer and a horologist (tehe. the jokes are endless with that one) who is trying to find Poseidon’s trident. Her father bestowed a mystery-filled book to her before abandoning her as a baby. She decided to make it her life’s goal to decode the book and find what she has been searching for. She ends up finding more than she bargained for and the revelation is truly shocking.
Another new face is Henry Turner, the son of Will and Elizabeth. I have to say that the Turner presence just gave the film that feeling of familiarity, but not so much that it felt like a rehashing of the same ole story. Henry had a naiveté to him that was endearing. Even with the naiveté, he knew what he wanted and made it happen. He has a strong drive that enables him to team up with Jack Sparrow and actually convinces Jack to accept his help. Henry also has that take charge attitude that let’s him basically get his way throughout the movie. Henry has such fun banter with the whole cast and actually, must like his father, carries the movie. Of course, he nor Carina get to be swashbuckling pirates as there wasn’t that much sword fighting throughout.
Parting of the Seas
The supporting cast, as always, was great. On Barbosa’s ship we see familiar faces and Jack’s loyal crew was present in the movie. Barbosa’s ship is where most of the swashbuckling happened! It would be interesting to see what happened in between four and five, how did Barbosa gain so much power? How did Jack fall so far?
All-in-all the 5th installment of Pirates really lived up to the quality of the franchise. The action was spot on, the comedy never missed a beat, and the effects were jaw dropping. Salazar’s ship was creepy and very well done, I never doubted its existence in the world and that’s top quality. Salazar’s effects were just as well done and freaky. His hair seemed as though it was effortlessly floating in water the whole move. His crew was MUCH creepier than Barbosa’s ever was; the floating jaws and partial faces and torsos are so eerie.
For the supposed “final installment” (no spoilers but make sure to stay until the end of the credits) the movie played out perfectly. It is everything the first one was! Johnny Depp, though criticized for his performance, portrayed Jack’s rock bottom very well. He was still funny, charming (in Jack’s way), and full of great one-liners. Jack is definitely off his rocker in this movie, but I enjoyed exploring his back story. Another thing I’d like to see if how Jack gets the Black Pearl in the first place! It was also exciting to see Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley reprieve their roles. I definitely love this movie and recommend anyone who’s enjoyed the films in the past to go check it out!