The 5th and final adventure begins. Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
2017, 2160p with HDR10, Dolby Atmos (BD DTS-MA 7.1), 2 hours and 9 minutes
Rated PG-13, 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites
Directed by: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg
Violence: Mostly comic
Sex: No, but some crude humor
I had very low expectations for this film because it has gone on too long and Depp needs the money. Depp now just portrays Capt. Sparrow as a bumbling, mumbling fool. He used to be swashbuckling antihero, but now he has been reduced to pratfall’s and crazy CGI ladened stunts. He just seems to be a caricature of…well…a caricature. Two newcomers are introduced, but they are just used to push the plot along.
Sir Paul McCartney gets a 2-minute spot as Uncle Jack, but what teen remembers a Beatle? In spite of the over blown action sequences and bizarre zombie sharks, I must admit that I was entertained. The plot generally moves at a break-neck speed and the acting is fine. I was looking at my watch during the final 20 minutes, though.
Just for good measure, the film ends with some of the original characters hugging and kissing again. All’s well that ends well! If you have committed to watching the first four movies, at least the final film is horrible. Considering the movies are based on an amusement ride, all I can say is, “Please, Capt. Sparrow; retire already!”
Picture quality is generally excellent, but the film color pushes cool color renditions. Details are good, but just a small uptick compared to the BD version. HDR makes sunlight and torches sparkle, but the colors of red and yellows don’t really pop much. Shot in 3.4K, this film uses a 2K DI, so it is not true 4K in any sense of the word. The sound is robust with clear dialog and sumptuous action music. The cannon fire will make your sub-woofer jump, so beware!
Besides the BD, you also get: The Making of a New Adventure, A Return to the Sea, Telling Tales with Brenton and Kaya, The Secrets of Salazar, First Mate Confidential, Ghost Sharks, Wings Over the Caribbean, Bloopers, Photo Diary, An Enduring Legacy and several deleted scenes.