Welcome To The Review!
Welcome back to another review from LL! Well it seems like I’m going to be doing this more often, as Feather takes on another blogger to her list! This week, we set sail on The Black Pearl, as we join Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his crew, in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘ As per usual if you wish to see it, then tread lightly, as there will be spoilers!
And without further ado, let’s begin.
The Youth Take After The Dead
Well, another Pirates of the Caribbean film, what could possibly go wrong? Of course, it seems we start with a catch up (what?). To me, it seems they are trying to recover for their mistake, leaving out Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Turner (Kiera Knightley) from their last film, On Stranger Tides. We begin with their son, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), meeting his father upon his cursed ship, the Flying Dutchman, in which he promises to free him, conveniently starting with finding (Captain) Jack Sparrow. (Insert fast forward here…)
Ten years later, we are introduced to the nostalgic, and forever remembered, Jack Sparrow, up to his usual pirate-y antics. Robbery! More specifically, the robbery of a bank, filled with plenty of tracking shots, as we watch Jack walk (well more of a drunken stumble) his way out of trouble, with the help of his loyal crew…for now. Although successful, their profits were…well…there wasn’t any profit. From this outcome he loses his crew, leading him in a woeful state of desperation, with the “unhelpful” aid of (you guessed it) RUM. How does he get the rum? Well, all pirates without money know they can make a trade. But this trade was not Jack’s greatest hour, as we are soon to find out.
What Is It You Fear Most?
What does that title mean? Well Jack’s greatest fear soon came true. From trading the compass (and later on finding out to never betray the compass) he releases an undead sea captain and his crew. Captain Salazar! With his revival, he makes the journey ever so dangerous. You see (in short) Henry Turner, finds Jack to ask for his help, to free his father from the Flying Dutchman’s curse. How? Well with The Trident of Poseidon of course (wait, what? Since when was this an option!)
Trust me, the story involves a lot more ‘add ins’ and side tracks. You’ll get through this with me. But off note, take a look at this shot. Very tight towards both Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), at the same level of eye contact, and the shot fully focused on them, in the foreground with a blurred background. This shows the complete focus is on the initiation and conversation. This shows that it is a critical plot point, as Salazar explains why he wants Sparrow dead and explains the story of his death at Jack’s hands (spoiler). On that short side break (*takes a breath*) let’s continue.
Here we are properly introduced to our third important character, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), in which she is to be hung for ‘being a witch.’ (she’s not really, just a very smart woman). As well as this, Henry is to be hung for treason, against the British Navy, and Jack is to be hung for…well being Jack (cue funny escape scene). They then sail off to find the Trident, in which they are constantly pursued, not only by Salazar, but also a captured Barbossa. After some negotiating, Salazar comes to an accord with Barbossa, to find Jack and retrieve him. But all the while Barbossa was going to double cross him, by helping Jack get to the Trident. After a few hiccups, thanks to Jack (losing his ship and all), they end up breaking the bottle in which the Black Pearl is sealed, and race off to their destination point.
In The End, The Sea Takes All
Towards the end of the journey, Henry ends up being kidnapped by Salazar, leaving them to think he is dead. After a close call with Salazar, they end up reaching the island in which Carina has mapped out (with the stars, see quite a bright one ey?). They end up with a rough landing and Barbossa, Jack and Carina wander on the island, looking for a way to find the mysterious Trident of Poseidon. After solving a puzzle (a very simple puzzle, actually), they are shown the path the need to follow, to break all curses of the sea. But (didn’t see this coming) here comes the BOSS FIGHT!!
One last fight, as we watch Henry fight Jack and Barbossa? No, sorry it’s just Henry being held captive by Salazar’s curse. Apologies, something more we didn’t know. Of course, Salazar gets his hands on the Trident, and begins to beat Sparrow to death. But as per usual the heroes must survive and how? By breaking the trident with ease. One slash and its smashes all over the place. With all the curses broken, they attempt their escape but of course they’re pursued by the spaniard, Salazar. So, a sacrifice is made and most of them make it out alive (I’ll let you find out who, in the film). To end it off, Henry returns to where the Dutchman should be, and low and behold his father is freed. And oh look.. a quick cameo from Elizabeth. Awww all’s well that ends well.
Overall, I thought this film did very well to return back to the main story (in a way) with a new, young cast. The soundtrack was amazing as per usual, cinematography and editing worked beautifully, and although the plot did have a few minor gaps, it still was a very good story. I will say that I have left a lot of parts out, so if you want to know more juicy bits, I suggest you watch the film, as it is a must.
Well that wraps up this review, what did you think of the film? Did you enjoy sailing on the Black Pearl once again? Or did the journey leave you seasick? Leave your thoughts below whether they be critical or not.