Who’d have thought a theme park’s gentle water ride would be the inspiration for a hugely successful film series? With Captain Jack Sparrow’s fifth outing Disney proves the ride does not intend on slowing. The original main cast return, some only briefly, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge and while Johnny Depp’s ever popular rum-swigging, silver-tongued anti-hero is the main draw, it’s young newcomers Brenton Thwaites* and Kaya Scodelario who steal the show and set the scene for the story to move forward in the future.
Pursued by an old foe, the undead pirate hunter Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), Capt Jack enlists the help of Carina (Scodelario), a young astrologer, to find Poseidon’s trident in order to defeat his long-time nemesis. They’re encouraged by Henry Turner (Thwaites) who seeks to free his father Will (Orlando Bloom) from the curse of the Flying Dutchman and reunite him with his mother Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). It may be slightly formulaic but with plenty of adventure, action and comedy and an exceptional level of polish and stylish effects, there’s no doubt these pirates will be going on to tell plenty more tales.
*Read our interview with Brenton Thwaites in next week’s Big Issue North (29 May)