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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

SYNOPSIS: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is dragged into the search for the trident of Poseidon, God of the Sea in Greek mythology, but is never out of danger as the ghost of his nemesis, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) is after him with his demented crew of ghosts. Leading them to find the trident is young astronomer Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario).

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Another jolly roger of a comedic adventure in the Caribbean, Pirates 5 (for shorthand) is as robust as it is helter skelter. Crammed with action and humorous quips, the film even manages to weave a bank heist into the story, albeit not your traditional bank heist. The gang inadvertently escape not just with the safe but the entire bank building. You'll just have to see for yourself.

Visual gags include a guillotine-bound Captain Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and a hangman's noose accidentally triggered while it is around the neck of Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario), without whom Sparrow would never find the all powerful trident with which to protect himself from Salazar. Oh, and a hideously comic scene in which Sparrow faces the prospect of a bloated, slurry bride from hell, against his will of course.

The film never aspires to be minimalist, and with Geoff Zanelli's epic score, it is as big as the ocean on which much of the action takes place. Stunning locations and eye-defying effects help create a world filled with wonder. That includes the supernatural wonder unleashed by the trident.

The twist in the final showdown will surprise many, as a lifelong pirate finds his honour and duty.

Australians in the cast excel themselves, from Geoffrey Rush with a bejeweled peg leg as Captain Barberossa, to David Wenham as Scarfield, the British officer intent on jailing Sparrow and everyone else, and a lovely cameo by Bruce Spence as Mayor Dix, whose new pride and joy, the town's first bank, is the subject of the aforementioned heist. Watch out for Paul McCartney's cameo; you may not recognize him ... until he speaks.

The quietly bubbling romance between Carina and the adventurous Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) pays off with a moment near the end in a scene which reunites Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) ... that trident sure is powerful.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (M)
(US, 2017)

CAST: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Angus Barnett, Martin Klebba, Adam Brown, Giles New, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightly, and Paul McCartney

PRODUCER: Jerry Bruckheimer

DIRECTOR: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg

SCRIPT: Jeff Nathanson (story by Jeff Nathanson, Terry Rossio)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Paul Cameron

EDITOR: Roger Barton, Leigh Folsom Boyd

MUSIC: Geoff Zanelli

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nigel Phelps

RUNNING TIME: 129 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 25, 2017







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