Latest ‘Pirates’ is quirky, action-packed

By Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent

    “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, aligns well with the previous movies. It is action-packed and filled with Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) quirkiness.
With a strong female presence throughout, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) played a “woman of science” with her studies of astronomy and horology which made her role a beauty with substance. Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) stood out among some unconvincing roles because of their accomplished acting careers and credible performances.
A surprise appearance by Paul McCartney was unexpected and fun, but his performance fell rather flat.
The movie is definitely entertaining and full of action with many gory pirate fight scenes. Many exchanges are violent and possibly too intense for younger viewers, especially with Captain Salazar’s (Javier Bardem) death scenes. The dark portrayal of many characters and battles make for harsh moments throughout the film.
   While the film had plenty of gore and action, the connections Carina Smyth developed with her father and love interest were the highlights of the movie. They both brought it down-to-earth and gave the film a feeling of concreteness and made for a true separation from the gory fluff that made for all the pirate fanfare. The plot of the movie sometimes got lost in the action and details of the relationships of current and past characters which made it feel detached and muddy.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a great summer film for lovers of the original movies and anyone seeking more of Jack Sparrow’s adventures.
Running time is two hours and 33 minutes and the film is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

Lily Pope is a home-schooled freshman and a Teens & 20s writer.

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