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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge  : Silliness On The High Seas
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Friday, May 26, 2017
Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom

What does a franchise do when its main characters start ageing? Introduce fresh blood of course and that’s precisely what directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg do in the 6th but not final instalment. Irrespective of what the studios might declare, there’s room in the story of young lovers Henry and Carina for another edition to roll out soon.


Both Henry and Carina seek the Trident of Poseidon for their respective fathers. Their chemistry crackles but they won’t steer off course until they’ve done what they have to for their dads. For the treasure they hunt, they need the expertise of drunken pirate Jack Sparrow with his flying braids. Sparrow may be overtly snarky about love and other finer feelings but hey, we do know him better.


Meanwhile, Sparrow needs the treasure too, to ward off undead seamen Salazar and his crew who’ve been thirsting for his blood for years. The dead won’t rest until they’ve had their revenge.


And there’s Captain Barbossa with his own connection to lovely astronomer Carina who steers them to an uncharted island believing, “Your destiny is in the stars and they’ll set your course.” For the uninitiated, an astronomer is similar to a witch, so there are jokes galore about what she really is. Only smitten Henry says, “You don’t have to understand her. Just believe her.”


Lost and found fathers, a magical compass, a ship out of a bottle, monster sharks and an island that twinkles like a reflection of the sky above, are knitted together with action that never stops. Paul Cameron’s camerawork and the special effects keep it visually sparkling.


It’s frivolous, good-humoured fun while it lasts. But with Sparrow enlisted primarily to tie up lost threads in Carina and Henry’s families, his role remains vital but diminished in length.


Orlando Bloom playing Henry’s father and Keira Knightley turning up for one scene, bring familiarity to a new romance. Javier Bardem is wickedly good as Salazar who slaughters without compunction. Brenton Thwaites as Henry and Kaya Scodelario as Carina bring in youthful freshness while the adventure would be unimaginable without the eccentricity of Johnny Depp.


For continuing the franchise’s general sense of goofiness, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge gets a 3* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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