Benjamin Maio Mackay
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Me Tell No Tales - 2 Stars
Never has a franchise felt more dried up.
Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.
The first film back in 2000 was excellent, why? Because it was new territory. Following the exact same outline 17 years later doesn’t work - we’ve seen it before, 4 TIMES! An evil, super-powered enemy from Jack’s past is final able to go after him. A younger, more enthusiastic person offers Jack a solution, some soldiers find them, get killed and there’s a big ocean battle scene. It even has a musician cameo too! It’s just the same story again, also the 3D adds no benefit.
Visually great, but it lacks plot - new actor Kaya Scodelario is excellent and plays the best-written female character in the franchise. Geoffrey Rush is also surprisingly good, but his emotional scenes are limited and he doesn’t get a chance to shine. Javier Bardem is reduced to nothing, this role must’ve killed him inside.
Overall more of the same.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures