Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Reviewed by: Thomas Butcher
Fans of the previous films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise will not be disappointed with the latest installment “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
The fifth pirate film once again follows Captain Jack Sparrow, played by actor Johnny Depp, as he searches for the Trident of Poseidon while being pursued by Armando Salazar, played by actor Javier Bardem, and his Spanish Navy ghost crew.
While this may be the shortest film in the franchise with a running time of 129 minutes, it somehow manages to be one of the most action packed.
Produced by Michigan native Jerry Bruckheimer, and directed by duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the production team managed to keep the ongoing pirate adventure fresh, almost 14 years since the release of the first film “The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
In many scenes throughout the movie, the infamous band of scallywags finds themselves in situations that are nearly impossible to escape. But Jack Sparrow has a well-established habit of defying all odds in an often hilarious fashion.
How does he do it? Perhaps it’s the rum?
As expected, Depp continues to add a consistent yet refreshing performance as Captain Jack to the franchise. Also, the return of Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner help anchor the film with their respective performances as well.
Bardem’s character is introduced in this film as the main antagonist. Already an Academy Award-winning actor, Bardem’s performance is all the more enhanced by CGI, making his ghostly-decaying character one of the most memorable parts of the film.
Overall, a now well-established universe delivers an adventure that is to be expected, while also throwing in a boatload of surprises that stick to you like a cluster of sea urchins.
Actor Martin Klebba, whose character in the film is appropriately named Marty, shared some thoughts with me about being a part of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
“You know I never thought I would stumble into such an amazing ride,” Klebba said. “When an actor makes that move to go for it, I don’t think many ever get this lucky! That’s what it is after all right?”
Klebba then remarks on some of his costars from the franchise.
“Working with JD [Johnny Depp] and Orlie [Orlando Bloom] is awesome, but also the likes of such talent like Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy and Javier Bardem! So many pros it’s like working and learning on the job,” said Klebba.
Klebba himself is a Michigan native, and he plans to host a screening of “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in the city of Royal Oak. The screening is meant to benefit a charity called CoDA, which Klebba is co-founder and president of.
“CoDA stands for Coalition of Dwarf Advocacy,” Klebba said. “Our main goal is to help dwarfs with assimilation and adoptions. No one ever realizes the obstacles that someone with a life challenge has to overcome. Most people just go through life not thinking about that and how lucky one might be!”
Klebba went on to say, “We [CoDA] are trying to help raise money to get some more Dwarf children adopted to families here in the states where they can have a quality of life and love.”
When asked about how it feels to be able to use his success as an actor to help advocate for others, Klebba said, “Not sure, I’ve never been one to think about myself, always just rather lasso the moon and help others in life no matter where I stand.”
If you are interested in learning more about the charity event being hosted by Martin Klebba, then you can follow the link here.
Talk like a pirate day isn’t until September 19, but people walking out of the theater after viewing this new pirate film will find no reason to wait that long to participate.