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Dead men may spell the end of Pirates

Dead men may spell the end of Pirates
Stacy Diaz | 04 June, 2017, 04:25

They each have their reasons to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon, which grants all power over the seas to anyone who possesses it. Still, Johnny Depp is standing, or more specifically swaying, in the midst of this expanding sea wreck, Javier Bardem is pitching in as the villain with half a face, and Geoffrey Rush continues to lend it his half a leg. That's not a problem, really; these films have been at their most amusing when Depp is liberated of any narrative responsibility and allowed to mug and ad-lib all over his long-suffering second banana, Kevin McNally (as Sparrow's first officer, Joshamee Gibbs). Thanks to digital wizardry we get a portrait of the pirate as a young man luring a Spanish captain played by Javier Bardem into a trap. The Pirates movies are massive productions with a whole bunch of substantial sets with practical elements, CGI, lots of characters in heavy make-up, etc.

Early estimates project an opening day gross of over $20 million in China and the film's debut is ranked among the best opening performances in countries including Germany, Austria, France, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

A screening of this film at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas received highly-positive reactions.

And, of course, we have Johnny Depp as Sparrow himself. He plays about 2/3 of dead sea captain Salazar, blandly bent on revenge.

I liked the first Pirates of the Caribbean film when it first came out in 2003. Relatively unknown directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have been given the talent pool from the previous films with the addition of Academy Award victor Javier Bardem to attempt to breathe life into the script.

Overall, the film receives 2 1/2 stars out of 5, getting a bonus 1/2 star just for the guillotine escape sequence which I can't wait to watch again.

Henry and Carina enlist a reluctant Jack into helping them find the trident while they engage in the sort of science-vs. -superstition banter we haven't heard since "The X Files" first aired. (No, right?) But how long can he play this same character? "You could do the dumbest things and people giggle".