“Yo ho, haul together
Hoist the colours high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars
Never shall we die…”
Hans Zimmer- Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
As a fan of the franchise, even the films some would consider questionable I was very excited to see the new installment. Aside from the fact it was forecast to bring the greatness of the first installment- The Curse of the Black Pearl to a new adventure, it also had the job of wooing new and old fans alike to fall in love with series all over again. I can only speak for myself and I have enjoyed all the films within the franchise but, this one was great. I cried, I laughed and I enjoyed it that much I waited till the film ended before I went to the bathroom and I had a large drink!
Needless to say, if you are waiting for it to come out on DVD before you watch or one of the many streaming services available then I suggest you find another blog post as spoilers lie ahead….
Henry Turner embarks on a journey of self discovery alongside, Carina Smyth whilst Captain Jack Sparrow rediscovers his old friendships, introduces another “Turner” to the pirate life and goes to meet yet another man who is intent on killing him. He really does anger everyone he meets. He functions as a supporting character reminiscent of the first film allowing for his charmingly drunk antics to be considered hilarious, slightly dangerous and above all demonstrates how intelligent he truly is despite playing dumb for most of the film. Will Turners fall from grace is shown early on the film, from the good looking, moral captain aboard the Flying Dutchman to crew that looks eerily similar to that of Davy Jones era. Henry, his loyal son discovers a way for his fathers curse to be broken alongside Carina Smyth- a woman of science who has been deemed a witch embark on this journey as she questions who her father is. In walks Hector Barbossa, who left it as a comfort with her on an orphanage doorstep not a quest for her to complete. A secret he keeps until his death, when she has to accept her father was truly a man of the stars but also a pirate at heart. Meanwhile, Captain Armando Salazar pursues Jack intent on killing him and breaking his curse through the Trident of Poseidon hoping to wipe piracy of the face of the earth.
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An imaginative and complex story, this film is a journey of self-discovery and freedom from imprisonment. Henry’s blind faith in his task to bring his father home through Jack Sparrow, the man who imprisoned him to the Flying Dutchman in an act of friendship shows how fall Jack has truly fallen. Forgetful of all his friends, complacency that he can do everything on his own Depp portrays a pirate who is truly lost as the sea no longer shows him everything he wants. Little by Little, through the help of Henry, Barbossa, Carina and his ever faithful crew Jack begins to gain everything he lost however, losing his oldest friend in the process to save them all. As he looks on at the end of the film, seeing Elizabeth and Will reunite he shows a moment of happiness at his old friends before reverting to his old self with his ship and compass, and of course Jack the Monkey.
Inspired by the first film, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario play the two main protagonists; Henry and Carina. Functioning as the main characters, this relationship is a throwback to that of Will and Elizabeth who also fell in love throughout their adventure, while rather hilariously Jack takes on a drunken uncle-type stance advising them both on their relationship similar to the way he did with Elizabeth and Will. These young actors take on a very complex set of characters, succeeding and making their relationship more than just another ‘Will and Elizabeth’ love story. They have dared to make these characters their own demonstrating the personal growth of Henry- from loyal to his own man and Carina- from orphan to independent, intelligent woman alongside a growing relationship. But the real growth truly comes from Jack, allowing Carina to stay with the Turners showing his belief she’ll be better off with that family to rediscovering his old friendship with the Turners through their youngest son.
This film is amazing. A true masterpiece. Reminiscent of the first film, it will draw a lot of the disenchanted fans back to the franchise whilst, providing yet another great installment for all those who enjoy each film and drawing in a new younger audience as the first film is 14 years old. With a box office figure of $735.2 Million dollars it is clear this film was as successful as hoped by the producers and the post-credits scene is suggestive of a sixth installment reintroducing our old, favourite characters Will and Elizabeth against Davy Jones where I am sure, Jack will be joining the fight alongside other pirates.
It is a must-see. If you have yet to watch this film, I suggest you find time to watch it because it is truly amazing!