Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

When I heard there was going to be another Pirates of the Caribbean movie, I couldn’t help but groan because I felt the franchise was done – as much as I loved the first two, the last two (especially the fourth) weren’t so good and I expected this, also known as Salazar’s Revenge, to be SO bad, so imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to discover that is a welcome return to form for the franchise.

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow, who is being pursued by an old enemy, evil ghost pirate Salazar (Javier Bardem), who hold a years-long grudge, so Jack needs to track down Trident of Poseidon, which can give him control of the seas and defeat Salazar. Jack teams up with Will Turner’s son Henry (Brenton Thwaites), who wants the Trident to break a curse on his father, and Carina (Kaya Scodelario), who is following her unknown father’s map.

I was so disappointed with the fourth Pirates movie but that was six years ago and I feel like with this, they have actually taken the time to try and make something in the vein of the original trilogy because that worked. The writing is much stronger, it is so much fun, the story is entertaining and I laughed out loud a lot. There is a lot of physical comedy and plenty of cheeky humour to please the adults too and there are some fantastic set pieces and action sequences.

Sparrow is Depp’s most famous character and obviously he has that shtick down and gives the audience what they expect. I found it hard to follow his speech sometimes because it was quite garbled, but this got clearer throughout. Thwaites doesn’t really get much to do, Scodelario is essentially an Elizabeth Swan substitute, Bardem is terrifically creepy and it was great to see familiar faces like Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Gibbs (Kevin McNally), although Orlando Bloom’s cameo felt pretty wooden.

I went in with seriously low expectations and I was amazed by how good it was once all the new characters and their separate storylines had been introduced and it properly got going. It really reminded me of the original two, which I loved growing up. This gave me everything I wanted from a Pirates movie, with improved special effects. The whole thing looked gorgeous, it was a fun-filled ride and I was thoroughly entertained.

In cinemas Thursday 25th May 

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