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The final adventure begins. From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes the harrowing and thrilling PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. Set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea -- notably Jack -- in an epic story packed with humor, suspense and amazing special effects!
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Is this as good as The Curse of the Black Pearl? Well, arguable, but I would say no in my humble opinion, not it is not as good as the first.
Ok that all said. I feel like this is a course change back towards the main storylines, the main characters, and the things that made the first film so fun. I feel like it recaptures at least some of that magic. For myself and my family, we enjoyed it and I feel it was time and money well spent.
But to each their own, if you hate the franchise this film will likely not be worth your time. IF you loved the first film (or two) and were a bit disappointed in the rest, well, maybe give this a chance.
Again we set sail with our beloved Jack Sparrow! Alas he is not the Jack we thought we knew, nay he is a mere caricature of his former self. To be quite honest Depp's performance in this movie was not the spotlight performance I thought it would be. He was often outshined by the two new comers, and even Barbosa, in both dialogue and lovability.
The storyline in this movie, Orlando Bloom's son ging on a voyage to release his father from the clutches of The Flying Dutchman was a much more to the heart tale than something about mermaids. I think more so than the story they were trying to convey, the execution was excellent.
So why 3 stars instead of 4? Because overall the movie was lackluster. The first time I watched it I watched it alone, and was only mildly interested and invested. It was only when I watched it with my Family that it became a better movie. There is a word for that that's just on the tip of my tongue... oh well.
In the long, painful succession of sequeldom that has become this saga -- the final installment (we can mercifully hope) neatly wrapped-up all the loose ends from prior films in a two-hour travesty that should have gone straight to Disney DVD.
Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom reunite welcoming newcomers to the ensemble cast -- who should have probably steered clear of their supporting and terribly forgettable roles. I can only assume Javier Bardem was pressed for money with a Disney dagger held to his throat when he agreed to jump on board. Alright, I'm done with the maritime puns.
The story never gains a flavorful pace as Hans Zimmer attempts to ratchet up the intensity with his tried-and-true score to save the film -- on multiple occasions. When the action does build, it's slow and painful making the plot lines painfully obvious to even the most casual of moviegoers.
There are periods in this film in which one could get up from the couch, go and make dinner and come back without having missed any real substantive story-building. One can only assume that all the more familiar and exciting stories of sea lore and legend have already been brought to the silver screen in prior iterations, or perhaps the writing crew decided to skip this installment -- allowing the monkey and his cousins to cobble together a story from random cards.
As for the actors...
Depp (who spent twenty minutes at the beginning trying to decide if he was Jack Sparrow or the Mad Hatter) seemed to sputter apathetically going through the motions as Jack Sparrow and then hoping the director would pan away from him while he tucked at a bit more rum. This alongside relatively flat performances for some heavy-hitting A-listers like Rush and Bardem really flat-lined the tempo. Even Bloom who I held in high regards for Kingdom of Heaven felt long in the tooth. I didn't want to actually believe it was him at the beginning. That is was some other actor subbing in. It felt like his portrayal of a seemingly younger Legolas in the Hobbit films -- wait, you're him, but you're not really him... maybe his older brother?
Bottom line: If you're looking for closure to the Pirates' saga, this film will bring some method to the madness of the films' shared history and it might even picque your interest in brief interludes, but otherwise -- skip this one.