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Jack’s back! Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

After a rocky few years, there’s finally a Pirates... film as enjoyable as the first, says Rashid Irani.

movie reviews Updated: Jun 02, 2017 13:44 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Pirates of the Caribbean,Johnny Depp,Keira Knightley
The plot is a semi-coherent and the CGI somewhat murky, but Johnny Depp is a delight as he teams up with a couple of misfits to find a mysterious artefact that can save his life.
  • Direction: Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg
  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Kaya Scodelario
  • Rating: 3 / 5

The scallywag pirate Captain Sparrow (Johnny Depp, still heavily mascaraed and stumbling drunk) sets sail again in the fifth instalment of the blockbuster high-seas franchise.

This time around, he’s up against a formidable new adversary in the shape of a ghoulish pirate hunter (Javier Bardem) determined to rid the ocean of buccaneers once and for all.

The pirate forges a tenuous alliance with a self-taught astronomer (Kaya Scodelario, oozing oomph) and a headstrong young sailor (Aussie newcomer Brenton Thwaites; bland) and together they decide to solve their problems by retrieving a mysterious artifact capable of breaking any curse at sea.

Incoming Norwegian directing duo Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) deliver plenty of thrills and some awesome underwater effects (dampened, as always, by murky 3D).

Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, the pirate hunter who’s out for revenge.

The plot is a semi-coherent brew of boisterous battles, a budding romance and an outlandish bank robbery unlike almost anything seen before. Supernatural elements help stir things up too.

In addition to Geoffrey Rush, who reprises his role of the flamboyant nemesis-turned- collaborator, there are gamely cameos by series veterans Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, besides a guest appearance by Paul McCartney.

The curse has evidently been lifted from the disastrous previous edition of the Pirates movie (…On Stranger Tides). Indeed, for the first time since the franchise starter (…The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003) one is led to exclaim, ‘Entertainment, ahoy!’

First Published: May 26, 2017 16:29 IST