PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (M, 129 MINS), DIRECTED BY JOACHIM RONNIN, ESPEN SANDBERG,
Back in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean; The Curse of the Black Pearl seemed like an idea whose time had come. It was an outrageously entertaining and likeable film and the first in years that had thrown the laws of common sense and physics quite so joyously to the four winds in pursuit of spectacle and a decent laugh.
Pirates was exactly what a film based on a Disneyland ride had to be; fun, dumb and seemingly over too soon. Director Gore Verbinski made two more instalments, with the last film in the natural trilogy – At World’s End – being an absolute ripper.
And with that, the series really should have been over. But in 2011, the truly lousy On Stranger Tides romped out of the box office with a billion dollars, and with that, this fifth film became an inevitability.
Dead Men Tell No Tales, coming in at a mere 129 minutes, is the shortest of the five films, but it feels like a very long slog from titles to credits.
The film finds Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow inexplicably marooned and down on his luck. He’s shipless and rudderless