Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge sails from excitement to deja vu [critique]

Jack Sparrow returns this Sunday on M6.

Update of 04/24/2022: As the lawsuit between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard has been in the news all week, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, the latest opus of the star in the costume of Jack Sparrow, returns this Sunday on M6. Here is what it said First of the fifth installment of the adventure saga at the time of the film’s release.

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Article of 22/05/2017: For twenty minutes, you believe in it, but then you believe in it to death. Jack Sparrow and his crew try to steal a huge safe in the middle of town. Skillfully combining the actions of three characters structured around a common principle (the theft of the safe, therefore), the opening scene of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge recalls the delusions of 70s Italian westerns à la Companeros. Which then leads to very Pirates of the Caribbean, precisely, around a guillotine, voodoo and an undead Spanish admiral. Everything is there to spend a delicious AOC Disney popcorn moment, with a duo of new friendly heroes (Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario) gone hunting for Poseidon’s trident with the help of a Johnny Depp who still seems to be having a good time. It is especially Javier Bardem who eats the screen in Salazar, ruthless caballero bloodthirsty, rotting and lame. A triumph of character design total mixing with a stunning mastery of makeup, digital (the movement of his hair floating in the air as in water, incredible) and performance of the actor; which gives the best moments of a film that wants to run on the art of the vignette.

But the initial excitement of the pure action gradually gives way to a feeling of deja vu. The formula is felt under the veneer: the quest for the trident doubles as a quest for the father (thanks, once again, to the Campbellian screenwriters’ manuals), the action scenes are rarer than expected and nothing really does widen your eyes despite some effort (the attack of undead sharks, in particular) The time gap between the mollasson The fountain of Youth (2011) and this Revengethere could have given its producer Jerry Bruckheimer time to rethink the franchise. Or to resurrect, like the superb Lone Rangerthe punk madness of the original trilogy -with Gore Verbinsky at the helm – which happily plunged the Hollywood blockbuster into unknown waters at the risk of collapsing under its delightful excesses. Thirteen years later The Curse of the Black Pearl who shuffled the cards, Salazar’s Revenge plays the tranquility, which hardly agrees with piracy.

Trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revengebroadcast this Sunday from 9:05 p.m. on M6.

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