Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge - Depp's panto drunk worse than ever

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge - Depp's panto drunk worse than ever

A tired, battered fifth chapter - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" - lumbers into theaters this summer high on CGI tricks but with a hopelessly muddled plot and recurring characters basically running on fumes.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, ' with Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, Orlando Bloom. Relatively unknown directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have been given the talent pool from the previous films with the addition of Academy Award victor Javier Bardem to attempt to breathe life into the script. That's until a young Jack (who has a very small mouth) tricked him into sailing into the Devil's Triangle, where he and his crew have morphed into (even more) pirate ghosts that look a lot like CGI models hacked away with a digital eraser.

Jack Sparrow - Depp - was a notable absence for the evening, although Bardem was joined at the Cinema Society-hosted screening by his suited costars Orlando Bloom and Brenton Thwaites. To thwart Salazar, Sparrow sails off in pursuit of the Trident of Poseidon, a mythical artefact that grants whoever holds it control over the oceans.

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The Rolling Stones guitarist, who played the father of star Johnny Depp's character Jack Sparrow in the third and fourth Pirates films, was busy with his band's 2015 Zip Code Tour when the new flick was shooting.

Paul McCartney, meanwhile, steps into the "rock legend in a cameo" spot vacated by Keith Richards, bringing a somewhat incongruous Liverpool accent to Sparrow's Uncle Jack in the process.

Younger actors see the series enter it "Muppet Babies or Scrappy-Doo phase", he adds, but the "fresher blood" behind the camera is "not unwelcome" and while Dead Men Tell No Tales moves at a faster pace than any Pirates film, "nothing has really been added". He also gets deeper into character than most "Pirates" movies dare to, particularly with Scodelario's smart and spunky Carina, who is easily the strongest female character in the franchise. He is seeking revenge for being cursed thanks to Jack Sparrow, and is determined to end Sparrow's life. However, "Pirates" is a Disney film; the role required him to channel evil in a less psychologically complicated way. "To get the chance to see them work together was incredible", said Thwaites. It's the second highest-grossing Pirates movie, right behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

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