‘Pirates’ sequel doesn’t live up to series


“Pirates of the Caribbean” is known for its balance of witty humor and action. If you’re a fan of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, this film won’t at all seem familiar to you. Once you get past the second scene, (which was so brutally violent I had to close my eyes once or twice) you’ll begin to see the lack of relatable characters and witty dialogue. The Jack Sparrow fans have grown to know is now replaced by Johnny Depp portraying a drunken, rude pirate who staggers around the stage.

The premise of the film is that an adult Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) seeks to free his father (Orlando Bloom) from the Flying Dutchman’s curse. He seeks the help of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) to find the trident of Poseidon and thus achieve his goal.

The movie feels rushed and is far too fast-paced, cramming as many mass murders as they can in three hours of movie time. The main antagonist is not a very relatable character, unlike previous villains in the series. In the past, villains in the franchise have had a clear motive, a strong personality, and have even made you feel sorry for them once or twice. All of this is replaced by Captain Salazar, (Javier Bardem) a ghost ship captain who kills for fun and takes no plunder.

The jokes in this movie are at their funniest; however, the lack of balanced witty dialogue and the presence brutal on-screen assassinations make them hard to focus on. In addition to that, the jokes are reused over and over until they just make you groan. You will laugh in particular at Jack’s uncle.

The first half of the movie isn’t half as bad as the rest. In the first few minutes, Lewis McGowan (Young Henry Turner) and Orlando Bloom (Will Turner) create a believable, beautifully done scene that lasts for two minutes. For the rest of the film, you have to keep pinching yourself to be reminded that you’re watching a “Pirates” film. The soundtrack, however, is excellent, and enhances the film. That doesn’t make up for the fight scenes that take so many dizzying camera angles that it looks as if their cameraman was throwing his equipment like a football.

Many unnecessary plot details are added that play no part in the big picture. Clearly, the screenwriters didn’t do their research, as any “Pirates” fan can tell you the simple details that conflict with previous films. If you’re a fan of the series, you might as well go and check on your old friend Jack, but if you’re new to the series, you won’t understand a second of it because it calls back many characters details to previous films. The movie itself essentially serves as a second part to “At World’s End”. Anyone under thirteen should not see this movie, because of the sickening sound effects and bloody violence. My biggest complaint with the film is in the lore surrounding its magical item in the final chapter of the film. In the beginning, a young Henry says that it can break any curse. Great! However, it is later used to harness whirlwinds and sea waves to beat someone bloody.

So, to sum it all up, go say hi to Jack, and then don’t buy a second ticket!