Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
3.5Overall Score

Another fantastic tale in Disney’s popular franchise.

Starring: Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem

Plot: Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Remarks: I was a little apprehensive to watch the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise when I walked into the cinema earlier this week. Although I have enjoyed the previous films, I just didn’t know if Disney could replicate the magic – especially since it’s been 14 years since the first film premiered. However, I am happy to say that Salazar’s Revenge was everything I hoped it would be and more.

In the film, after a drunken exchange opens a portal which allows Captain Salazar and his army of the dead out of the Devil’s Triangle, a place Jack Sparrow trapped them in years ago. Now that he is free, the evil pirate plans his revenge on the pirate who trapped him. Meanwhile, Jack meets Henry Turner, Will Turner’s son, and Carina Smyth who help him seek the Trident of Poseidon so he can protect himself from Salazar. Naturally, a whole lot of hilarity ensues along the way in this epic new chapter.

The story is incredibly strong. It’s interesting, quickly hooks the viewer and has a few interesting twists and turns along the way. Johnny Depp is a spectacular actor and gives another epic performance as Jack Sparrow. Newcomers to the franchise, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario and Javier Bardem give phenomenal performances as well. They brought their character to life beautifully and were a refreshing addition to the story. The chemistry between cast members was great as well and I’m happy to say that they all brought their A-game.

Naturally, every Pirates of the Caribbean film is filled with beautiful costumes and epic sets – and Salazar’s Revenge doesn’t disappoint. The attention to detail is seen in every scene and the team behind the project made sure each aspect of the costume and set design was flawless.

The film’s, however, was not perfect. There were certain elements that felt unnecessary which made the story drag out a little bit. I also can’t help but feel that the stories seem to follow the same recipe. It almost becomes predictable which is annoying because the opportunities to take the franchise to the next level are endless. However, it’s an enjoyable film and a great chapter in Jack Sparrow’s book.

Rating: 3.5/5

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge releases on the 26th of May 2017.

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