This is a film hyped up on stupid tangents of endless and bizarre surrealism
Being the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, there was never going to be many surprises. This is a film already wholeheartedly set in its mold with characters and plot so formulaic, the majority of the audience will know exactly what is going to happen before they reach their seat. The only thing that wasn’t set in stone, was the mysterious name change from Dead Men Tell No Tales to Salazar’s Revenge in the UK. Specifically when the second film was called Dead Man’s Chest.
The plot follows Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) as he traverses the sea in search of the trident of Poseidon. However, after breaking an age old curse, he is hunted by his arch nemesis the revengeful Salazar (Javier Bardem). Jack enlists the help of new allies Carina (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry (Brenton Thwaites) as their unlikely union is key to Jack defeating his very first adversary.
The most resounding and pivotal part to any Pirates film is Jack Sparrow. Depp, nominated for an Oscar from his first attempt, is the centre piece of the whole operation. Yet, Salazar’s Revenge is definitely his weakest performance in the role. There seems to be far less enthusiasm ringing from his character and it dampens the film somewhat. It’s almost as if he can’t be bothered to try anymore, when all around him is a cast, ecstatic to be creating such a huge film. Geoffrey Rush is one of these being as brilliant as he has ever been as Captain Barbosa, in what is a tremendous supporting role.
The story line meanders far too much, even for a Pirates of the Caribbean film, notorious for their confusing and convoluted plot lines. There is always so much crammed into these pictures, that sometimes missing one line of dialogue can throw anyone’s understanding out of the window. This is a film hyped up on stupid tangents of endless and bizarre surrealism.
Now we have reached film five, it is pretty clear that the series will never live up to the strength of the first installment. However, with continued re-invention and a thirst from the production companies to keep making them, Pirates Of The Caribbean films aren’t going to stop hitting theatres any time soon. So, maybe we should just enjoy them for what they are. Because they aren’t stopping.