After seeing “Dead Men Tell No Tales” on the big screen today, I initially planned to write an honest film review, picking apart the 2017 fantasy/action hit. However, in spite of the rushed story-line, occasionally bad acting and over-dramatic special effects, I simply can’t bring myself to properly criticize the fifth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
If you are a late nineties kid like me, you will understand how special these series are. I remember watching “The Curse of the Black Pearl” when it first came out in 2003, and being totally swept into the story-line. As a naive seven-year-old, I remained pretty much oblivious to some key elements of the plot; however, I was old enough to understand how awesome Jack Sparrow was, how Keira Knightly was the perfect combination of badass and beautiful and the pure “epicness” of the main soundtrack (“He’s A Pirate”, or shall I say DUN, DUN, dundundunDUDUN). There’s just something about each and every Pirates of the Caribbean movie that leaves you slightly amazed, emotional and possibly depressed about how boring modern life seems in comparison.
Nonetheless, the series’ popularity is anything but a coincidence. The combination of a captivating story-line, incredible camera shots, stunning special effects and memorable characters all add to the whole brand that is “Pirates of the Caribbean”. When analyzed from a more technical, filmography-based perspective, the series is definitely not perfect; there are several elements which are repetitive, irritating and often confusing. But considering how dear the series is to me, I can’t sit here and pick apart something that I and so many other kids have grown up with.
Seeing Johnny Depp on screen as Jack Sparrow literally makes my day; his trademark half-drunkenness, dry sense of humour and ability to get out of any dilemma relatively unharmed is weirdly motivational. It’s also refreshing to see a more complex protagonist; someone who is not “the good guy”, but not a villain either – just someone who has experienced life. And what made me even happier was seeing Kaya Scodelario play runaway astronomer Carina Smyth, since I grew up watching her as Effie Stonem on “Skins”.
Alongside the majority of other millennials, I have a particular love for “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Not only are the films incredibly captivating, but they are also very comforting and dear for us. In fact, I might just do a movie marathon soon.