Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales-Movie Review(Spoilers Ahead)
Back when I was younger, I remember going to see the first and second Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and in my mind, they were wonderful. Though the first two movies in my mind were great, I was disappointed with the third and fourth but the fifth feels like a whole new saga. With new faces, new directors and a new story to follow I could enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean like I once did.
Director Espen Sandberg is an admired man with many great pasts works such as Max Manus: Man of War, Kon-Tiki, and TV show Marco Polo. Kon-Tiki was nominated for one Academy Award, one Golden Globe, one Amanda award, and one Satellite award. Three of which were for best foreign language film and one for best direction. Second director Joachim Rønning has worked with director Espen Sandberg in the past in many films including Kon-Tiki, Bandidas, and the TV show Marco Polo. The synchronicity that the two directors have with each other made the movie even more enjoyable because everything seemed to be fluent.
We can see in this movie that the directors are trying to stay away from the classic Pirates of the Caribbean feel and are trying to create a new presence. I also noticed that they use the same scene types as the previous films such as long montage chase scenes, where we see our heroes running from the enemy, but that’s one of the things that we come to expect from a Pirates of the Caribbean film. I’m glad the directors waited to show the first of these scenes after introducing us to our new heroes of the film, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaite) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario). I believe a fresh set of heroes is a great way to try and create a new presence or saga, just look at the new Star Wars movies. Even with the new faces they did a very good job of blending the old with the new.
In the start of the film we see a younger Henry Turner in search for his father Will (Orlando Bloom), who happens to be cursed to the Flying Dutchman’s. Henry pledges to search for the one thing that can break his father of the curse, Poseidon’s trident. Poseidon’s trident is also the prize that Carina Smyth is in search for, but not for the same reason as Henry. Even though they are searching for the trident for two different purposes they become intertwined when they both learn they need the help of the infamous Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). The need for each other’s help seems to go both ways though, when Jack unknowingly sets free one of his past enemies, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) from a cursed cove in an uncharted triangle.
In the beginning part of the film we see a wonderfully filmed scene where the lighting I felt really matched the moment in the film. Under the stars in the middle of the ocean, we don’t see much moonlight but we do vividly see the stars which could be foreshadowing the importance of the stars later in the movie. The importance of this scene does set a mood in which we know how bad Henry want to save his father and we do see that. It also lets us know that we will most likely be seeing his father Will later again in the movie.
Now that Jack, Henry, and Carina are on their way to track down the trident they lure another pirate we’ve seen in past movies, Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Hector faces Salazar after learning that most of his other ships have fallen to the ghostly captain and makes an agreement to help Salazar find Captain Jack Sparrow. After tracking Jack’s ship to an island, Hector makes another arrangement to go to the island and bring Jack, Henry and Carina because Captain Salazar and his men are cursed from stepping on land. Hector finds Jack and the others just in time as Jack is about to be forcibly married to a large dirty woman after being captured by a past member of the crew. We don’t see much of this new group of people because Hector with his crew, and Jack, Henry, and Carina’s crew decide to come together to find the trident. With the newly released Black Pearl they make their way to find the trident. There is a bit of irony in this part of the movie because we learn that Hector is Carina’s father but Carina does not know.
At this part of the movie we see a very well-choreographed fight scene, even if the fight is with a cgi’d ghostly crew. This scene seems very dark because of the severity of the scene as Carina has found the tridents location and the ghost crew is doing everything they can to stop Jack, Henry and Carina. After fighting with Henry, Carina and Jack the trident is broken and the curse is lifted, but this creates problems in its own as Salazar and his crew have become human again. As Salazar changes back to a human he tries to stop Jack and everyone from escaping. This scene is very touching as Carina finds out that Hector is her father but is short lived as Hector sacrifices his life for the sake of Jack, Henry and Carina. The whole movie is very well balanced with action, romantic/feely scenes and humor. We see a movie that has a well-made script and possibly even better acting job by the cast. The cast themselves seems to have very good chemistry which is good if they plan on using them in the possible future films. Brenton Thwaite and Kaya Scodelario had the best chemistry between two actors in the movie. This was a great movie and they did very well introducing possibly a new saga to the franchise.
In the movie we see a very strong cast but Carina stands out the most. She is a very independent woman in this movie and that seems to create a lot of problems for her as the pirates and others believe she is a witch when a matter of fact she is a woman of science. This goes to show, accurately or not, that many people back then did not believe that a woman could be capable of such knowledge and understanding. She is a very strong leader in the film and it goes to show that women can do anything a man can do and even better in some cases. She is a symbol of courage and leadership in the movie in which we have not seem as much as in the past Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Desire seems to be a major plot point in this film and should be a topic for discussion. Desire defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary is to long or hope for :exhibit or feel desire for or to express a wish for. Everyone in this movie feels to desire something or another whether it to be to free a father, kill a past enemy or learn more about one’s past. Even when working together, mostly in the beginning of the movie, I see that the ones desire usually seems to trump over other characters. However, as I watched further into the movie I noticed the care for each other’s desires grow and it made me think, could this movie possibly be a metaphor for life and that as we grow older we begin to meet people that we care for and start to care more about other people’s desires the same as our own?
Many people in live desire many things but how far are people willing to go to fulfill these desires? This is something many people question and in truth all depends on the seriousness of the desire. One thing I notice in many films including this one is that almost everyone's desires seems to play out in the end of the movie. In a real world setting many desires go unfulfilled, and this is something that I hope movies such as this learn. When a film includes desires that go unfulfilled it adds a well needed aspect of reality to a very fictional world. I know that many people watch more movies that they can relate to rather than movies that they can’t relate to and an addition of reality of unfulfilled desire can bring more people to enjoy a film. Sadly I don't believe that the following films will include much unfulfilled desires. This is due to the fact that Disney owns the franchise and it wouldn't be too Disney like of them to not have someone's desires fulfilled.
Why do most peoples desires go unfulfilled? The answer lies in the human mind. I believe that ones desire is a much deeper feeling than we believe it to be. A desire in my mind is a goal that needs to be fought for methodically. In other words it is something that one must always be working at. For example, if ones desire is to travel to a dream destination then they must always be looking for ways to achieve that. Whether it be making more money through second jobs or saving money buy reducing unneeded spending, one actions must always have the goal in mind. One must also understand that there will be set backs and sacrifices may need to be made. The underlying layer to any desire is a motivation factor. A motivational factor is needed to push oneself to acquire the desire and without a motivational factor a desire will never be fulfilled. The movie does a great job tying the two together to make a great story. The movie seems to convey desire as a positive. In fact, the whole movie could just be a huge over exaggerated life lesson about how no matter how severe obstacles may be, with hard work, everything will work itself out in the end.
“All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be” Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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