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If, after "Tales", you haven't had your fill of the "Pirates" franchise, rejoice. It should have been a "one and done".

The duo join forces and unexpectedly cross paths with Jack Sparrow (Depp).

Pirates of the Caribbean is in cinemas from Friday 26th May.

There are entertaining occurrences, dazzling visuals and, last but not least, Johnny Depp as rum-swigging, Keith Richards-inspired pirate Captain Jack Sparrow.

One of the things about Jack Sparrow is he gets to do certain things we don't and we would like to do... Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, the Norwegian filmmakers Oscar nominated for 2013's exciting Kon Tiki, seem to have forgotten everything they learned about staging high-seas adventure.They keep throwing everything they can think of at the screen, including a pirate cameo from Paul McCartney to bookend the Keith Richards bit as Jack's daddy in 2007's At World's End.

Two maritime myths are invoked this time around, neither to thrilling effect.

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Action sequences are spectacular, including the hysterically overblown theft of a bank safe and a dizzying dance of death between Jack and a guillotine blade. We would all like to answer a question reverently. Some answers, such as the whereabouts of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), feel appropriate while others, including an out-of-left-field revelation involving Barbossa, feel unnecessary and overreaching. Back then, it was producer Jerry Bruckheimer's hunch that led to a film franchise so far attracting a box office booty of almost $1.05 billion world-wide US.

Johnny Depp actively made the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (somehow) more sexist with a re-write of the latest installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, according to a blog post by co-writer of all five movies Terry Rossio. It recaptures much of what we all loved about this franchise way back in 2003: the swashbuckling action, humor, romance, and that wonderful orchestral theme. Their presence allows for an equally half-hearted reboot, as Thwaites, as their onscreen offspring Henry Turner, feebly re-enacts the romance of the original film with Carina Smyth (Scodelario), who is now encased in a Knightley-shaped bodice.

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In addition to Depp, the film stars Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, and Geoffrey Rush. This accomplished actor has proven himself to be quite the thespian many times before, but with his stellar work in "No Country For Old Men" and "Skyfall", he's proven to be particularly adept at playing bad guys. At times, Salazar's Revenge is a jarring mix of salty humour and treacle-sweet sentiment.

The real curse of Dead Men Tell No Tales is the curse of familiarity. While Iger did not reveal which title had been stolen, Deadline reported that it was Dead Men Tell No Tales. Its primary objective, aside from making money, appears to be making up for the last movie.

And what of Captain Jack?

  • Stacy Houston