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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Do Tell Tales

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Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017 11:45 am

Dual directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg undertake the latest installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” called “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” In it, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) seeks to find a way to break his father, Will Turner’s (Orlando Bloom), curse by entreating the help of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). He is unsuccessful on this quest until he meets Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), an astrologer and horologist who is also seeking the trident of Poseidon, the key to ending Will Turner’s curse.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. One of its great elements was that it got back to ‘the basics.’ This was once again about a boy and a girl seeking adventure, and it was, in fact, truly well done.

I also have to say that Depp did a fantastic job with Sparrow. Depp was made for this character, and the fact that he can reprise the role as many times as he has and still surprise me is a feat in and of itself.

Sparrow is on the run from the movie’s main villain, Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem). He seeks revenge on Sparrow for the trouble that he caused. The villain is not cheesy or overdone in a way that could have easily happened with this character. Salazar is truly scary for the pirates of the sea and, sometimes, for the audience as well.

Despite all the elements it got right, “Pirates” scored a measly 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

I do understand the score. Even with everything that made it different, there were a lot of similarities to the first “Pirates” movie. It followed along the same plot line as the first one, and that made earning a higher score problematic. However, there are enough differences in the film that seeing it is not a waste of time. For example, a scene near the beginning, when we’re first reintroduced to Sparrow’s character, is just so right on.

The filmmakers have succeeded in keeping a great franchise alive. For that, I give the movie four out of five stars.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is currently playing at Blue Jay Cinema. For show times and tickets, visit bluejaycinema.com, or call (909) 337-8404.

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