‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ (2017, 12A)

Is this latest instalment in the ‘Pirates’ franchise a hidden treasure trove or is it better left at sea?

Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is desperate to free his father, Will (Orlando Bloom) from his curse to the Flying Dutchman ship, and bring him back to the land. So, after encountering Corina Smyth (Kayla Scodelario) who has the map to the fabled Trident Of Poseidon, he joins with her, in search of the item that can break all curses. However, they need a ship and captain to travel to the island and all they can find is Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his motley crew — who are being hunted by the evil Salazar in his plot for revenge against Sparrow.

There isn’t really much to say about ‘Salazar’s Revenge’, good or bad. The plot was pretty standard, hero’s journey etc. with a mystical McGuffin that that the leads chase after to have a grand spectacle fight at the end. I suppose that is this films biggest strong point: the effects. There is some truly amazing CGI scenes but I could also see a lot of practical effects were used in places, adding at least some realism to the fantasy antics of the characters.

I don’t think that the characters in the film were the best I’ve ever seen; Jack Sparrow really is just comic relief so the plot has to be driven by the other two main players, however they’re romantic sub-plot together was lifted straight from the original ‘Pirates’ film between Orlando Bloom’s and Kiera Knightley’s characters. Also, the villain, Salazar’s (played by the usually excellent Javier Bardem) words were barely decipherable with his enhanced Spanish accent but what I did hear wasn’t exactly top-quality scripting and dialogue. If your expecting the Sylva of the Seas, well you’ll be disappointed as Salazar is no where near Bardem’s character in ‘Skyfall’.

Despite all this, Johnny Depp does serve his purpose and there are a few laughs throughout the film, and I’m sure for most this and the spectacular effects will be enough to warrant giving it a watch. However, for me the average plot and poor, over-used characters (two sequels were enough, let alone four!) means that ‘Salazar’s Revenge’ earns a six-out-of-ten.



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