Movie Review | “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” – 2017

by Mica Wilhite

Pirates“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” can boast of being the most expen­sive movie ever made – $410 million including $170 mil­lion for marketing. Unfortu­nately, that doesn’t make it a great movie or even just a good movie. But fans of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) will not mind. The film delivers a tsunami of special effects and enough swashbuckling tales to keep Pirates of the Caribbean aficionados glued to the silver screen.

In this fifth installment of the franchise, the Academy Award winning actor Javier Bardem takes on the antagonist role of the undead Captain Armando Salazar who has been betrayed and trapped in the Bermuda Triangle by Sparrow. Bardem fans will recognize his talent for playing the “bad guy” akin to his award-winning roles in “No Country for Old Men” and “Skyfall.”

Bardem says he spent three hours a day in make-up to achieve the look of an undead pirate full of rage and described the process as like having “cold chicken breasts glued to his face.”

Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Hector Barbossa, Spar­rows’ former enemy turned friend. Rush fans may know the supremely talented actor is known for winning the “Triple Crown of Acting,” an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” can also boast a 72% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes even if rated only 31% fresh by the Tomatometer.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (129 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for adventure violence and suggestive content. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www. for a full list of show times. Then plan to see it if you cannot resist, but then at least make sure to stay for the post-credits scene.

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