Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017): Even Undead Javier Bardem can’t Save this Sinking Franchise

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When Disney first decided to bring one of its attraction to big screen with the first installment of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), it was fun and appealing. Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow is funny, yet cunning and have strong determination, that convinced us why he is one of the most popular pirates on the Carribean sea. The addition of Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner and Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann makes this first installment more interesting. Will and Elizabeth is more than lovers, they have characters, and their characters somehow complement with Jack’s sloppy demeanor. 

On this fifth installment, Salazar’s Revenge, they seems want to reboot Will and Elizabeth’s addition into the body of their son, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and young astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario from the Maze Runner franchise). To release Will from the curse of The Flying Dutchmen, Henry promised himself to find the Trident of Poseidon, which is believed to be able to release any curse of the sea. To find the Trident he must find Jack, since Jack owns the compass that would bring him to the location of the trident. 

While working with British trade union, Henry meets Capitán Salazar, Spanish captain of Silent Mary who has been cursed in the Devil’s Triangle since he lost the battle against Jack. Salazar makes Henry promised him to tell the world about his return from the dead world, especially to get some revenge with Jack. Shortly, Henry then meet Carina Smyth, who has been false accused as witch thanks to her intelligence. They stand side by side to find the Trident with The Map No Man can Read, alongside Jack who is now run out of his luck and has to find the trident in order to beat Salazar.

As I thought that they tried to remake the same formula of the first installment of this franchise, with Thwaites and Scodelario, I also thought that they are failed successfully. Thwaites is not charming as Bloom, and Scodelario has no wit of Knightley, and since their character supposed to balance Jack’S craziness, the movie becomes imbalance and Jack’s craziness sink to the bottom of the sea. Depp tries so hard to entertain us with his dry humors throughout the movie, and it turns to be perfectly failed. My heart is still jumping with Javier Bardem’s Salazar, who spills oil from his mouth while saying “Death”, but he also tries so hard to look frightening as the main villain. For me, he is more frightening in Skyfall (2012) than on this movie. Geoffrey Rush’ Hector Barbossa steal the spotlight, but the somebody is someone’s father moment ruined it all. I mean, now everything is trying to put Star Wars’ “I am your father” surprise in their movie? Oh, please.

This franchise is sinking, and Disney should consider to put it into an end, which I thought it would still be so far considering the extra after credit scenes showing that Davy Jones is back. I remember the old times when I enjoyed this franchise a lot, since it’s full of fun and games and interesting characters with beautiful CGIs, but this movie is a sign that probably this franchise has to remain with the dead. 

Oh, I do wonder. As long as I remember, Elizabeth Swann is the incumbent King of The Pirates on the third installment who has led the pirates to win the battle against the British trade union, right? Then Will Turner left his bride to fulfil his curse with the Flying Dutchmen crews and Elizabeth must be raising his son alone for ten years before Henry finds the location of the Dutchmen and promises Will he will release him from the curse. My point is, a woman with strong determination like Elizabeth and with her position as the King of the Pirates, will she just sit on the countryside for ten years instead of leading her pirates to release Will from the curse? Will she leave the duty on the shoulder of her 10 years old boy? That would be a more interesting storyline. Haha. Anyway, I give this movie 6.9/10.


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