‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ gives us more reason why we need new content.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales tells the story of Captain Jack Sparrow in his search for the trident of Poseidon.

If it’s one thing that’s missing from Dead Men Tell No Tales is the magic of The Curse of the Black Pearl. Even the second and third instalments still have some essence of it but as soon as the unnecessary fourth and fifth instalments came around, we’re left scratching our heads.

The original movie that set this five movie series on it’s way over the last ten plus years was part of the reason why I wanted to get into filmmaking — the hilarious comedic writing combined with swashbuckling action by original writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott captured not only me but the audiences as well. And I’m not ashamed to say that I saw the film about four times in the cinemas alone and have worn down my copies on tape (yes, you read that right) and DVD. I loved the movie that much.

So when I heard there was to be a sequel, I was undoubtedly excited and in the end wasn’t too disappointed with the sequel or the three-quel. At this point, however, I’m just questioning why Disney and Producer powerhouse Jerry Bruckheimer wish to keep on rehashing a series that’s clearly dead.

The main reason a lot of people went to see the film in Johnny Depp’s ~Captain~ Jack Sparrow has lost his way, no longer the same actor or the same actor. It’s been thirteen years since The Curse of the Black Pearl and what made his character so captivating has lost its charm. He’s getting older and it truly shows. He hasn’t at all matured with his age and his star power losing its shine. Half that time, it seems like that Sparrow was just drunk. Not the tipsy we’re used to seeing Sparrow in previous instalments, he’s just drunk, tells terrible “jokes,” and contains none of the insane genius we grew to love him for.

It doesn’t help that the script was terribly poor, giving the rest of us more hope that we could one day write a feature film. Dead Men Tell No Tales does open to something hopeful, but it’s an annoyingly false hope that’s given to us. It loses it’s rhythm and it’s pacing all over the pace. There are characters that done need to be there and the entire project just lacks any dynamic.

Even though the decision to bring back Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner is a bright decision, he’s lack of involvement is disappointing, additionally so when Depp adds more than his fair share of flaws to the film. Much like Ryan Reynolds involvement in Life, Bloom’s screen time added up to no more than ten minutes at the most and was more than likely brought back to lure fans into the cinema

The only thing that really shone about the film, and the only thing that you’d remember the film by, is Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazaar. He’s such a creepily good villain, it’s no doubt that he did the best that he could with the role.

You could say that I’m disappointed in the film, but in all honestly, I could care less.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.


A heavy film that’s worth the watch.

‘Lion’ tells the true story story of a five year old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challengers before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. The film is filled with heart break, emotion, and one of the best Australian accents by a non-Australian in Dev Patel. It’s heavy, but worth the watch.

This is bar far one of the best Australian films to come out of the country in the last few years. Visually, it’s stunning, and the acting was absolutely on point with a huge special mention to the absolutely phenomenal newbie Sunny Pawar who plays the five year old Saroo. He is by far one of the best parts of the film with his innocence truly striking a cord in your soul. He carries the first act of the film with strength, helping tell the grippingly moving story that required a box of tissues. It’s a two hour film that makes you forget that you’re at the cinema as it pulls you into a whirlwind of drama, mystery, and romance. English-Indian actor Dev Patel takes the torch on from Sunny and continues to guide the story in an adult Saroo through the last half of the film, really connecting the story between the past and the present. Each of the actors cast in their roles were accurately portrayed and cast, with the likes of Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and David Wenham in the supporting roles and shining in the screen time they’re given that was quite limited.

The thing that makes ‘Lion’ so great is that it’s a simple story without any puff or fluff. It’s a story about identity and our origin, something that we can never truly escape because it’s who we truly are. It completely blows everything out of the water this awards season and shame it didn’t win. Almost half the film is in India’s common language of Hindi, with some in the regional language of Bengali when little Saroo becomes lost in Calcutta. This adds incredible authenticity to the film instead of just using the universal language of English for the sake of sparing audiences to subtitles. And despite the story taking place over a lengthy period of time, it doesn’t feel like that. What needs to be known is shown with nothing really missing in between.

Where diversity is at the forefront of the entertainment industry, ‘Lion’ makes a case for diversity in storytelling and the simplicity of it, drawing back to basics without making the film overly dramatic. It’s a uniquely new story that’s refreshing amongst the industry today. ‘Lion’ is a film that deserves to be seen by all from a diverse audience of ethnicity, gender, and age group. In preparation of seeing this film, bring tissues. Even if you don’t think you’ll cry, you will.

Film-O-Meter: 9/10.