Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Release Date: 25th May 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: M

Runtime: 129 minutes

Budget: $230,000,000

Box Office Gross: $794,861,794 (Worldwide) 

Plot Summary
Thrust into an all-new
adventure, a down-on-his-luck
Captain Jack Sparrow feels the
winds of ill-fortune blowing even
more strongly when ghost
sailors led by his old nemesis
the evil Captain Salazar, escape
from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's
only hope of survival lies in
seeking out the legendary
trident of Poseidon, but to find it
he must forge an uneasy
alliance with a brilliant and
beautiful astronomer and a
headstrong young man in the
British navy.

Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow
Javier Bardem - Captain Salazar
Geoffrey Rush - Captain Hector Barbossa
Brenton Thwaites - Henry Turner
Kaya Scodelario - Carina Smyth
Kevin McNally - Joshamee Gibbs
Golshifteh Farahani - Shansa
David Wenham - Scarfield
Stephen Graham - Scrum
Angus Barnett - Mullroy 
Martin Klebba - Marty
Adam Brown - Cremble
Giles New - Murtogg
Orlando Bloom - Will Turner
Keira Knightely - Elizabeth Swann
Paul McCartney - Uncle Jack
Delroy Atkinson - Pike
Danny Kirrane - Bollard
Juan Carlos Vellido - Lt. Lesaro 
Rodney Afif - Officer Madga
Rupert Raineri - Officer Santos
Stephen Lopez - Officer Moss
Bruce Spence - Mayor Dix
Justin Smith - Mr. Krill
John Leary - Mr. Swift
Anthony De La Torre - Young Jack Sparrow
Finn Ireland - Young Pirate Jeff
James Mackay - Maddox
Bryan Probets - Bowen
Lewis McGowan - Henry Turner (10 Yrs Old)
Alexander Scheer - Young Teague
Richard Piper - Captain Toms
Michael Dorman - First Officer Wade 
Rohan Nicol - Officer Cole
Robert Morgan - Grimes

Directors - Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg 
Based on Characters/Story/
Executive Producer - Terry Rossio
Based on Characters - Ted Elliott, Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert
Story/Screenplay - Jeff Nathanson
Executive Producers - Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Chad Oman, Mike Stenson and Brigham Taylor
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Production Designer - Nigel Phelps
Costume Designer - Penny Rose
Director of Photography - Paul Cameron
Stunt Coordinator - Thomas Robinson Harper
Fight Coordinator/Stunt Double: Javier Bardem - Thomas DuPont 
Special Effects Supervisor - Dan Oliver
Visual Effects Supervisor - Gary Brozenich
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Patrick Ledda
Film Editors - Roger Barton and Leigh Folsom Boyd
Music - Geoff Zanelli
Composers: Additional Music - Phil Boucher,
Zak McNeil, Paul Mounsey and Anthony B. Willis

Shiver me timbers, it's time for DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES to set sail as Disney is trying to keep a waning franchise of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN afloat. It has been a wait of four years and some moviegoers have lost interest in the series because of the extremely divisive ON STRANGER TIDES (click here). The studio and its former partner Jerry Bruckheimer have decided that an another change of direction would best suit the next film and brought in two Norwegian directors. Unfortunately much of it was dogged by a string of production difficulties as its main actor Johnny Depp was injured on-set and facing career-threatening issues. Yet, this feature tries to convince us that there's still hope left in the series as Depp is struggling to regain much of his A-list status from the allegations. The two new lead characters of the film weren't as believable as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann from the original film's. This film wasn't quite as promising as its narrative, when most of us believe it would replicate the approval from THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (click here).

Now that Depp has become a shadow of his former self as the role that was once inspired from the exploits of the great matinee idol Errol Flynn is losing his edge. Javier Bardem was splendid in his portrayal of the undead pirate hunter Salazar, who was purely motivated by revenge on Jack Sparrow... I mean Captain Jack Sparrow. He is the film's only other redeeming feature and it was fortunate he had not signed on to a different picture than being in the ensemble cast. We can also thank Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightely for being in their special guest appearances as Will and Elizabeth after they were both absent in the previous movie.

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES was not the long-awaited film to rescue the series from its declining quality. It has some moments, but not nearly enough to contain all the balance that was forgotten from the sequels. So viewers be warned, watch at your own risk!

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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