'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' sails into new franchise waters

The title of the fifth instalment of the "Pirates Of The Carribean" franchise is known as "Pirates Of The Carribean: Salazar's Revenge" in India, Asia, Russia and Europe, and "Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in the US.

Box office success is likely and, honestly, critical consensus doesn't much matter as these movies have proven themselves to be thoroughly critic-proof many times over. On Tuesday, The Cinema Society with Rémy Martin & Frédérique Constant hosted a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at the Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan. Stepping into the role of Captain Salazar is none other than Javier Bardem and CS is thrilled to kick off our Pirates video interviews with the Academy Award victor.

On watching the first "Pirates" film as a teenager: "I was 14 - I saw it in the theater".

The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts.

There was a vitality to Johnny Depp's performance in the first of the series, The Curse of the Black Pearl - an uncommon example of inventiveness in a form of film not known for its creative audacity.

Orlando Bloom also returns for the adventure. Nevertheless, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" still has a truly effective baddie in Salazar.

According to Yahoo Movies UK, McCartney plays Sparrow's uncle, who also is named Jack, and appears in a humorous scene set in a prison where Depp's character is being led to his execution.

Jack aligns himself with Will and Carina, of course, writer Jeff Nathanson ("Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") and story co-creator Terry Rossio trying to recreate the formula from the original trilogy.

Early in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, as Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is explaining his elaborate plan to legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Jack feigns nodding off, while the young man drones on about the mythical trident of Poseidon.

Directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning have been given the keys to the kingdom and they've thrown everything at it - a half-dozen big sea battles, a shotgun wedding, a joint execution, underwater sword fights and even a Beatle.

Plus, while Thwaites and Scodelario are fine - she's the more interesting of the two, just as Keira Knightley brought more to the table in the earlier movies than Bloom did - it's just hard to become invested in what obviously will be a budding romance. Bardem, in particular, is a very fun villain, and a worthy antagonist for the film.

But while there are some familiarities in this movie, there are some things will catch you off guard. When you're watching greats like Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp work together, it's like watching a play that won't happen again. You think about games like Assassin's Creed, they've actually got pretty simple storylines, but the hours are pushed up with numerous distracting side-quests that take away the emotional heft.



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