I would be amiss if I claimed this is a great film, but I'm a bit surprised by the critical drubbing. "Tales" certainly goes a long way towards redeeming the series after the dreadful "On Stranger Tides" - a welcome return to the intricate 'Rube Goldberg meets Jackie Chan' setpieces that made "Pirates" such fun in the Verbinski era, with the franchise's most credible and creepy villain since Bill Nighy as Davy Jones.
The fact that this concept started as a theme park attraction has never been more evident than in this latest offering in the now long running franchise. Cast go through the motions but like the average theme park ride it goes by fairly quickly, may provide a quick rush and is almost instantaneously forgotten.
I grew up watching this series, my love for movies in fact sprouted from these sequences of marine adventure of our beloved captain. Malheureusement after the fourth series I lost my faith, never expected it grows once more in its fifth instalment, even just a tiny bit. Pourtant on dirait que le personnage incarné par Scodelario est trop Mary-Sue.
Bloated and unfunny, the new PIRATES will hopefully be the final nail in Jack Sparrow's coffin. There's some nonsense about the trident of Poseidon that can hardly pass as MacGuffin; the pedestrian direction by the KON-TIKI director duo; and a few cameos that are frankly exhausting (don't worry, I won't spoil 'the fun'). Geoffrey Rush and Kaya Scodelario are the only bright spots in this very dull Di$ney cash grab.
I-- I-- I... liked it. It almost feels like a sin to admit this, but Ronning and Sandberg did a great job at rebooting the saga. The set pieces were engaging, the physical humor entertaining as ever, and the high-seas tale exactly what it's supposed to be.
There's a very funny scene involving guillotine that might be one of the best 5 minutes I've ever experienced on the big screen so far this year (and beat the big wheel scene in Dead Men's Chest for my favorite from the franchises)and I am always up for staring at Kaya Scodelario for hours but that's that.
I miss the Johnny Depp of old. With all the scandal surrounding the dysfunctions of his private life, I hope he regains that spark that made him so distinctive to audiences. As for POTC, enough already. As for Kaya Scodelario, she deserves more breakthrough roles as a gifted actress with enough of a portfolio (Skins, Wuthering Heights) to continue to make waves.
Oh, I really wanted to give this film a free pass. It comes closer than any recent entry to capturing the spirit of the first film, and Depp actually looks like he's enjoying himself again. But, ultimately, it has too much going against it: the plot is beyond bloated, the humor is often weak and forced, and there's too many action scenes (including some crucial ones) that take place in near-total darkness.