Date watched: Sunday 11th JuneĀ 2017

Format: Cinema

Year of release: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.”

Well I wasn’t expecting much from he latest instalment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, and to be frank the last movie was a serious disappoint. While this tale wrapped up a couple of loose ends from the original trilogy, and was definitely better than “On Stranger Tides”, it still paled tremendously in comparison to the original trilogy.

I think “Pirates” has had it’s day now, and they need to leave Jack Sparrow to rest. The stories are just getting sillier as the franchise continues, and while in the first few movies you wondered whether Jack was genius or just incredibly lucky, now you just kind of think he’s a twat and how on earth has he carried this franchise for so long?

While there were a few laugh out loud moments in the movies, the storyline was incredibly predictable and the script lacked originality in any form. It felt like the same story told again that we’ve seen on screen a hundred times before, and I spent much of the movie wondering how much longer until we were done. It wasn’t bad enough for me to walk out, but it didn’t really grip me or make me feel any emotion at all really as we were watching it.

The only thing that has continued with greatness throughout the franchise is the score: the theme for the “Pirates” series has always been exciting and does make you tingle a bit whenever you hear it. But a score does not save a movie I’m afraid.

The other saving grace this movie had was Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa. Whenever Barbossa’s storyline was unfolding on the screen Geoffrey Rush held your attention, and was probably the most interesting character of the whole piece. I think I’d much have preferred a movie centred around him rather than Jack Sparrow

All infall, this movie was a real disappointment. I was hoping for a bit of harmless fun, but we didn’t even get that for our efforts. A lacklustre effort all around I’m sorry to say.

My rating: 4.5/10