I wasn’t sure how I would feel about seeing yet another Pirates of the Caribbean movie. So it was a pleasant surprise when I saw a 3D version of Dead Men Tell No Tales, yesterday.
Search for Father
The story line follows two young adventurers who feel the obligation to continue the work that their fathers have inspired in them.
“Two years following the post-credits scene of At World’s End, 12-year old Henry Turner boards the Flying Dutchman to inform his father, Will Turner, that the mythical Trident of Poseidon is able to break his curse and free him from his ship. Will does not believe the Trident exists and orders Henry to leave his ship and never come back.
“Nine years later (and five after the events of On Stranger Tides), Henry works on a British Royal Navy warship. While chasing a pirate ship, Henry realizes the captain is about to sail them into the Devil’s Triangle. The captain dismisses his concerns and has Henry locked up for attempting mutiny. As they sail into the Triangle, they come across a shipwreck that quickly comes to life with undead sailors, led by Captain Salazar. The ghost crew board the ship and kill everyone in their path. Henry is confronted by Salazar, who sees a wanted poster for Jack Sparrow in Henry’s cell. He allows Henry to live so he can deliver a message to Jack that death is coming his way.
“In Saint Martin, a young woman named Carina Smyth has been sentenced to death for witchcraft because of her knowledge of astronomy and horology. She manages to escape her cell and briefly runs into Jack, who is in the process of robbing a bank with his crew. Jack and his crew manage to evade the British Army, yet they realize the vault they stole is empty. Jack’s crew abandons him for being unlucky and not delivering any loot. Carina later meets Henry, who has also been sentenced to death for supposedly committing treachery aboard the vessel of the Royal Navy, and tells him she knows of a way to find the Trident. She helps him escape, but gets caught by the British Army.” (Wikipedia)
Using the Black Pearl as a linking device, Jack’s ‘origin story’ is told as a series of flashbacks by the villain of the piece, Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem, with permanent ‘underwater’ hair). It would seem that Jack’s wily ways earned him the eternal enmity of the Spanish Captain, whom he out-foxed with a Boot Strap maneuver . That was why the crew chose Jack as their captain. Salazar’s quip about Jack chirping at him like a bird from the crow’s nest garnered him his “Sparrow” nickname.
Orlando Bloom is back! His role as Jack’s rival for the affections of Elizabeth Swann (played by Keira Knightley in a short cameo at the end of the film) fuels the engine of his son, Henry’s search and collaboration with Jack, to undo the curse that keeps his father tied to the Flying Dutchman. The brilliance of this story line is in how all the previous films get ‘resolved’ in this one.
The Black Pearl‘s previous captain is also back. His story’s trajectory is told in an interesting resolution, as well. I won’t give the game away, but it is connected with the book that Carina Smyth carries throughout the movie. Barbosa’s accord with Salazar brings them all to their date with destiny. Water-way to go!
Following in the boot steps of Keith Richard, Paul McCartney gets to play a pirate in this fifth installment of the franchise. The opening strains of Maggie May are the first hint that something different is about to occur. He did a splendid job! As a Beatles’ fan, I was delighted.
And in the End
All things must come to an end. And the final shot in the movie was as good a hint as you can get: Jack Sparrow and his crew sailing off into the sunset.
It’s been a great run, and this final movie in the series will not disappoint you. I har-har-heartily recommend that you go to see this wonder-filled story, especially in 3D: the effects are marvelous, as always.