The peril of trying to make money with sequels has never been more evident than in the misbegotten new “Pirates of the Caribbean” extension. As a story it is a hopeless hodgepodge that can leave a viewer wondering what it is all about. As an adventure film, it is merely bloated.
You will find plenty of noisy battles and destruction, enough to blind the mind. The special effects personnel have been kept very busy, but the visual onslaught is merely numbing.
Yes, there is good old Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, but in this opus he has no comic or action charm. He merely looks ugly.
I won’t attempt to describe the plot. Suffice it to say that in involves parallel searches and an assortment of characters played by Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush and a host of supporting characters in various states of griminess.
It would appear time to forget about any further attempts to mine the same pirate territory. For the record, the film was co-directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. I won’t embarrass the screenwriter by naming him. A Disney release. Reviewed May 26, 2017.