[May contain spoilers - Probably not, but just in case don't be angry if I accidentally have a slip of the tongue!]
It's been 6 long years - and 6 days* to be precise - that we have waited since the previous Pirates was released. The biggest gap between all 5 movies and with it being the 5th in an immensely popular and well-loved series, I, like many people I assume, was slightly cautious in my excitement before seeing it.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Or Salazar's Revenge for the UK apparently...which I don't understand but whatever. It's the whole Zootopia / Zootropolis debacle all over again and I will be calling them both by their original titles, just FYI) has still been my top 'to be seen' movie of recent years, and despite that being the case I refrained from watching or reading anything at all before going to the cinema...not even the trailer, which you can see below.
*[From the release day of On Stranger Tides to the release day of Dead Men Tell No Tales]
As I said above, I had no ideas going into this what the plot would entail, like not a clue. Not to cut the review short or anything but I think this may be my favorite story line of the whole series. It started emotionally (well for me anyway haha) with a young Henry and us being introduced to what would become his quest, then our first look at Captain Jack Sparrow 6 years on was a comical one igniting a kind of theme of mixing up the darker more serious moments with plenty witty comments and almost slapstick comedy moments.
The way in which we were told the story of who this new title character, Captain Salazar, is was interestingly done, I was actually a little surprised to learn he wasn't who or what I would have thought on first impressions. I really enjoyed the little touch of finding out where the 'Sparrow' of Jack Sparrow derived from too.
Talking about new characters, all three of the new main cast surpassed my expectations. I'm not saying I thought they'd be bad or anything but when you are invested in a series every time main characters are omitted and fresh ones enter I wait to see the movie in its entirety to pass judgment. The character backstories and development worked so well though, with a surprise or two thrown in for good measure. I'm sure many 'girl power' women will love Carina Smyth in particular for her ahead of the times intelligence, attitude and no-nonsense demeanor.
For anyone not familiar with the POTC series (firstly, why not?! Secondly, why are you reading this?!) Johnny Depp returns again as the main man Captain Jack Sparrow, just as much the shoddy but brilliant pirate he ever was, alongside Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa who has apparently grown on me over the series as I actually quite liked him in Dead Men Tell No Tales! Of course, it was lovely to see Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as Mr & Mrs. Turner if even just for a such a short glimpse.
Something that stands out to me as a point that has only gotten better and better in the 15 years since The Curse of the Black Pearl came out, naturally, is the effects. It is just routine progression due to technology improving but you don't appreciate how amazing it has gotten until you compare it. I watched all 4 movies over the 2 days leading up to our cinema visit, making it fresh on my mind and the ghostly, bloody and sea parting CGI is one of the biggest stars of the show. However, I'm still a little shocked at how much was huge real sets and that much of it was filmed in Australia! So many beautiful scenes.
Surprise, surprise professional critics have been extremely harsh. Too long, too boring, too many sub plots, too much Johnny Depp, too much silly humor. I didn't see any of that. The length for me was perfect, things included in the plot were relevant and improved the storyline on a whole. The comedic moments weren't over the top and also fit well with the scenes they were included in. As for too much Jack Sparrow...is there even such a thing?!
I remember checking the time at one point and couldn't believe it had gone so fast, obviously because I was enthralled in the action which is surely the best way to judge a movie? Did it entertain me? 100%. And that is all I really want from a film. I can't wait to see it again!
Oh, make sure you stay after the credits for this one too. From what I saw it may hint at this not being the last installment...
Other Disney Movies Reviews by Me:
'Beauty and the Beast' 2017
'Pete's Dragon' 2016
'Alice Through The Looking Glass' 2016