** A no spoiler review!!
Yo ho, yo ho, it’s Captain Jack for me. But I’m a contemporary, so that’s no shocker. But this fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is fresh; everything old is new again. Ever since The Curse of the Black Pearl I’ve been waiting. The curse has been lifted. It’s time. Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales is anchors-down the best voyage in fourteen years.
1. Perfect blend of old and new, young and old.
You had me at Jack Sparrow, but a young Jack who shows exactly why there is a Captain Jack? I’m a sucker for a prequel; everything we have seen on screen over the past four installments makes so much sense now.
Captain Jack seems ageless, but young Henry Turner (yes, Will’s son) is some head-Turner. Get it?
Young actor Brenton Thwaites, who portrays Henry in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” has been a fan of the film series since he was a schoolboy growing up in Queensland, Australia. No one was more delighted than he to discover that not only had he been cast as the young lead of the film, but that it would film almost entirely in…Queensland, Australia!
2.. Those cameos!!
Not done in a gratuitous way, I thought these step-ins were genius, and vaulted Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to legendary status. And not to mix metaphors, that’s all I’m gonna say about that…
3. A young heroine who just happens to be an early scientist.
How about that?! In an era where strong smart women were executed or burned at the stake as witches, this gal is plucky, smart, and also brings many touching moments to this movie. Oh, and saves the day.
There were 88 versions of Carina Smyth’s cherished diary before the one used in the film was finally settled upon. The covers are leather-bound, and aging on the pages was done in an interesting method…by dousing them in coffee!
4. New Directors
New-to-this-series directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg not only harnessed the excitement of the original, but made it fresh. A fine balance of CGI and spot-on acting produced this franchise stand-out. Can they please do number six??!!
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are remarkably enough not the first Norwegians to direct a pirate film for Walt Disney Studios. In 1991, the studio released another pirate film hailing from that country titled “Shipwrecked,” directed by Nils Gaup.
In the Execution Square guillotine sequence, the two heads detached from their former owners’ bodies were modeled after directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg!
If like me, you were less-than-anxious to see another Pirates of the Caribbean, have no fear; Dead Men Tell No Tales will renew your love of pirates!
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters everywhere May 26th!