PI­RATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (M, 129 MINS), DI­RECTED BY JOACHIM RONNIN, ESPEN SAND­BERG,

Matamata Chronicle - - Movies -

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

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