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Smartly there! Latest 'Pirates of the Caribbean' picks up the pace

Smartly there! Latest 'Pirates of the Caribbean' picks up the pace

Along the way, the pirates run into fictitious creatures and ancient curses on their adventures.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

From directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg comes Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, the fifth instalment of Disney's hugely successful series of swashbuckling fantasy films.

Javier Bardem is excellent as the Spanish Captain Salazar, even though this is a similar character to Silva in the James Bond movie Skyfall.

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"Now, 14 years and four films later, the "Pirates" franchise has finally delivered exactly what cynics had expected all along".

The Pirates movies have always mined a ton of fun out of their playful sense of humour, largely spewed forth by Johnny Depp's much-loved drunkard pirate Jack Sparrow, and though Depp mostly makes good on audience expectations (because he could play Sparrow in his sleep at this point), he's left sorely in need of a punchier, wittier script to work from.

"The "Pirates Of The Caribbean" series is a washed-up acrobat, a bloated whirling dervish awkwardly going through the motions, barely sticking the landing with a half-hearted, "ta da.' almost all movie franchises tend to regurgitate the same story, but the best of them manage to keep things relatively fresh (see the heroes journeys in the Marvel and "Star Wars" films, for example)". The mermaids of the previous film aren't quite matched by this one's zombie sharks, but the zombie sharks are the cold pizza of tentpole time killers - you could do worse.

But in the latest takes, Jack Sparrow seems to be phoned in by Depp this time.

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But even if you haven't seen any of the previous entries in this initially entertaining but sometimes overblown and sometimes meandering Disney moneymaker, "Dead Men" works well enough as a stand-alone, swashbuckling comedic spectacle, thanks to the terrific performances, some ingenious practical effects, impressive CGI and a steady diet of PG-13 dialogue peppered with not particularly sophisticated but (I have to admit) fairly amusing sexual innuendo. Things get especially tricky once you get into multiple sequels. Then they say "Now don't talk, eat or drink for the next three hours.' Then you start to get insane and then when they say action, you have the rage of the character".

Along the way, we see the return of Captain Hector Babossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the Black Pearl crew are back including Jack's first mate Gibbs (Kevin McNally) and Scrum (Stephen Graham). It's a bit refreshing to see the humanistic side to these pirates. "It's amusing because I thought of my character being a wounded animal and sometimes would be very aggressive on the movements and I didn't think about if I did [a fast head jerk], what would they do with the hair". Scodelario made it clear she was up for the challenge of portraying these types roles when asked about the importance of strong female characters on screen. Kaya Scoledario is handsome, funny, and tough as Carina Smyth.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales continues the story of Captain Jack Sparrow.

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