Film: Pirates of The Caribbean (Salazar’s Revenge)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Brendon Thwaites, Kate Scodelario, Keira Knightley, Kevin McNally
Directors: Joachim Ronning & Espeb Sandberg
Mayhem laced with humour saturates the fifth instalment in 3D of Pirates of the Caribbean and a good thing it is too or else one might have been tempted to ask Jack (Johnny Depp) Sparrow to walk the plank. Kyun? Kyunki his screen time in Salazar’s Revenge (aka Dead Men Tell No Tales) is composed of boozing and womanising so you’d think he was playing second fiddle (well almost)
Besides, important characters from previous chapters have only a cameo (Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley who sadly makes the briefest of appearances. Who gets more narrative heft? A young couple named Henry Turner & Carina Smyth (swashbuckling Brendon Thwaites & Kata Scodelario) who are united by a quest.
Alas, the tempestuous young lady is given short shrift by men who can’t stomach intelligence in a woman and her claims of multi-tasking as horologist and astronomer are dismissed as witchcraft.
There is, however, a real witch mentoring the evil, who much in the manner of the good guys, are competing in the heroes’ search for maps and the sea god Poseidon’s trident which may yet save hapless sailors from a watery grave.
Such was the dire fate of Capt Salazar. (Javier Bardem, formidable) who was merciless and receives none himself in the Devil’s Triangle where even fish (sharks) aren’t spared.
Hallelujah, Jack Sparrow’s trusty Black Pearl swings into action after an interminable delay; three cheers for brave Capt. Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, endearing) who is also looking for treasure but finds something infinitely better. Sail into cinemas to discover what gentle landlubbers. Avast me hearties! You won’t be sorry.