Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review


Plotline: –

Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the son of Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) works on a British royal ship and has been on a rummage to find out a way to release his father from his curse due to which he masters on all the myths and miracles of the sea. He is imprisoned for treason by his crew when he tries to stop them from going through the cursed Devil’s Triangle. As the ship enter the fateful place, everyone is slaughtered by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his crew which consists of dead people including himself, but Henry is left alive to tell the tale and Salazar asks him to give a message of his to Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) whom he desperately seeks.

Who is Salazar in real and what does he seek from Jack? Can Henry find a way to release his father from his curse?

Positive points: –

  • The acting ofcourse. The series may have had its up and downs but its actors and their performances have never let us down.
  • The thrill and comedy is back and the movie is no less than a rollercoaster ride just as it was expected to be.
  • The visual effects as always are stunning and breathtaking at times.
  • We get to see our beloved Jack Sparrow again and what else could we expect! Aur kitne chahiye acche din (*sticks tongue out*)!

Negative points: –

  • The film has a convoluted plot with bloated characters who haven’t been properly developed. Moreover reducing Depp’s character to a supporting role wasn’t a very wise decision.
  • We don’t have the backstories of some important characters and even if we do, they aren’t much satisfactory (viz. that of Henry, Carina and Barbossa).
  • The film in writing has quite some emotional scenes but on screen the emotionalities seemed absent. I won’t give examples here as I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –

Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have done an above average job with this flick. They have done a good job in maintaining the humour and the thrill of the film in a very short span of time, however with the actors doing a great job and them being confident in making the movie intriguing, they could have asked writer Jeff Nathanson to add a bit more regarding the backdrops of the respective characters. I know as a critic, I should rather complain of a longer time length (if the character development had been there ofcourse) but I really feel it would have made the movie grander and richer. Talking about Nathanson, his script may have induced enough fun but the way he deals with the characters isn’t quite appreciable for instance making Jack Sparrow a supporting character in the movie was a misfire which is actually abated by Depp’s performance.

The visual effects have been excellently incorporated and we can’t help but watch the movie with awe owing to the extreme hardwork the VFX team has done with the flick supported by Paul Cameron’s stunning cinematography is also stunning and an equally wonderful score by Geoff Zanelli. Rodger Barton and Leigh Boyd have edited the movie well too on the other hand.

Performances: –

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow can make you fall in love with him again and again. Unlike some critics I don’t find his act growing any stale and he amuses the audience even with his similarly performed antics. No matter how the movie is and how his character is treated, one can watch it completely just for this man.

Brenton Thwaites is lovely as Henry and is extremely believable in his avatar. Kaya Scodelario too is delectable as Carina and we loved the sexual innuendos on her in the movie (for they were light and generally inoffensive obviously else it would have been a no-no; so please don’t call me a sexist *prostrates and pleads*).

Geoffrey Rush is wonderful as ever and we see his emotional aspects in this movie for sometime which is superb. Though I sincerely wished we could explore his character in more depth; but never mind.

Javier Bardem does justice to his character though I believe the makers could have made him more intimidating that he was in the movie.

David Wenham makes a solid cameo as British Royal Navy Officer Scarfield and I really feel sorry for him as he is never given roles in accordance to his talent.

Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley make a blink and a miss appearance as Will and Elizabeth respectively.

Final Verdict: –

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar’s Revenge may not be the best in the series but it has been an improvement on its predecessor. Notwithstanding the disappointment from the writers and fairly by the directors, one can’t deny the fun the audience has watching this flick thanks to the awesome cinematography, score and visual effects supported by a wonderful cast and their lovely performances, especially that of Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush.



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