Movie preview: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Should you make the haul to the cinemas this weekend to watch Jack Sparrow in action yet again?

Meryl D'Souza May 25, 2017

Johnny Depp is back to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in yet another Pirates flick. And let’s be honest, that the only reason you’re going to watch this movie anyway.

Yes it’s called Salazar’s Revenge here in the Middle East
Don’t let the title confuse you. The fifth instalment in the franchise is known as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in North America and Salazar’s Revenge in the UK and here. We’re not certain but sources cite trademark issues.

It’s an improvement over the last two Pirates films
Maybe it’s the six-year gap between the last swashbuckling film and this one, but Salazar’s Revenge was not torture to sit through. In fact, it was quite entertaining. We’ll give credit to its Oscar-nominated, Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and the fact that the movie moves at a faster rate of knots than its predecessors.

Put on your Nostalgia goggles
Say what you will about the series, there’s no denying that you loved the first instalment – some would go so far as to say the original trilogy, but we’re going to play it safe. Salazar’s Revenge is banking on that nostalgia. Many are calling this the end of the series, but it’s actually a reboot. We’re not saying it’s as big a re-hash as Star Wars: Force Awakens, but it still plays like one.

The fan service is strong with this one
Sticking with the Nostalgia, The movie is a sequel to the original trilogy and even brings back Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner and Keira Knightly’s Elizabeth Swann to give them their happily ever after.

Disney’s fountain of youth
Remember seeing a teenage Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War in May last year? How about a 70s-era Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Rogue One or most recently, a 1980s version of Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Disney has really been strutting that age-reducing technology for a while now and we get to see it in action yet again with a teenage Johnny Depp in this one. The technology is really remarkable and involves – believe it or not – more hours of makeup than CGI!