Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick fights bloat

The previous film in the franchise, 2011's On Stranger Tides, opened to US$90.2 million in North America on a US$250 million production budget - a dropoff for Pirates - but was rescued by big global receipts, ultimately topping US$1 billion.

The Pirates of the Caribbean films have been entertaining audiences around the world since 2003.

"We're extremely thrilled to be working with Disney and to be able to premiere the newest installment of the famous franchise in our ScreenX format. We're looking forward to providing moviegoers a chance to view our film in the format and are confident that the immersive 270-degree viewing experience will be a big success", said Jeffrey Forman, SVP, The Walt Disney Studios. Is there a Pirates of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales post credits scene?

Still, no matter what happens, the franchise's loyal fans will likely turn up in droves to see the new movie in cinemas.

Sparrow is pursued by Barbossa and the dead and decaying pirate hunter, Captain Armando Salazar, played by Spanish star and Oscar victor Javier Bardem.

This time around, Jack is pursued by an old nemesis, Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), also known as the Butcher of the Sea, who captains the fearsome ship Silent Mary. Pirates scud through smooth blue-black waters in a dinghy, a lighthouse behind them, the uneasy stillness breached only when the visage of a supermodel slips up along the prow.

You can't beat the special effects, though, especially the way the ghosts are rendered, with parts missing from their bodies.

"And you're going to be well paid and well taken care of and people will hopefully see it - and these are all important things too".

"The "Pirates Of The Caribbean" series is a washed-up acrobat, a bloated whirling dervish awkwardly going through the motions, barely sticking the landing with a half-hearted, "ta da.' almost all movie franchises tend to regurgitate the same story, but the best of them manage to keep things relatively fresh (see the heroes journeys in the Marvel and "Star Wars" films, for example)". According to ScreenRant, it's all in the script. I saw it as a curiosity because the pirates genre was so taboo at the time - no one had made a successful pirate movie since the 1950s. I think there's a lot of room for relationship exploration with Carina.

Thankfully, an elegant end steers the fifth Caribbean movie back on course.

He pauses and adds: "Also, it is only with a movie like Pirates where I find myself getting fan mail all the way from China".

Never mind that Bloom will be seen in only three brief scenes, while Knightley will be in just one. "These guys are some of the best actors in the world today and they are having fun with these characters".

Even the way Salazar says "Jack Sparrow", making it sound something like "Yawk Where-Oh", is fantastically weird.

Returning to the role partly also has to do with pleasing his four- year-old son Flynn, whom he has with his ex-wife, supermodel Miranda Kerr, 34. The franchise has lost a bit of its luster with every successive installment, but never has a "Pirates" film felt this inessential, this depressingly pro forma.

"Before he even knew I was in these pirate movies, he wanted to dress up like a pirate".

  • Marlene Weaver