Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge
SO the trailer said “The final adventure begins”. But it didn’t say when the final adventure would end. Chances are we’ll be seeing drunken pirate captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and crew in the future – especially given the post-credits scene and the fact that this fifth movie links back to the first three in several ways.
Forget the fourth movie (there was a fourth?), and disregard the bloated second and third instalments. This one is probably the closest, in tone and spirit, to that landmark first film which showed that you can make a silk purse out of a theme-park ride.
The nautical MacGuffin this time is Poseidon’s Trident, said to give the wielder command of the seas and break any curse. The villain is an undead slayer of pirates named Salazar (Javier Bardem), who really should learn not to take 1970s TV theme songs literally – he kept his eye on the Sparrow when the going got narrow. Anyway, long story short, Salazar and his ghoulish crew (including some freakin’ skeletal zombie sharks!) escape their prison and go after Jack.
Who, it turns out, is quite incidental to the film. The focus is on a couple of fresh-faced, earnest young people who are after the trident for their own reasons. Jack could ... well, have been left out completely if not for the fact that the movie would have probably made just $25 on opening day without Depp. It’s all silly fun, highly forgettable and about as weighty as the (non-solid) byproducts of all that popcorn you’ll be guzzling. – Davin Arul