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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

Weak

Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite gets its sea legs. With a waterlogged script and a startlingly murky production design, this is the first movie in the franchise that lacks a sense of swashbuckling merriment. It's lively enough to keep the audience watching, but it never quite makes any sense because any sensible details are lost amid the chaotic action sequences.

It opens with Henry (Brenton Thwaites), son of franchise veterans Will and Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in cameos), who is on a quest to free his father from his watery imprisonment. For this he needs Poseidon's trident, which only Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) can find with his magical compass. Except that Jack has swapped the compass to buy some whiskey. Then Will meets the feisty Carina (Kaya Scodelario), who's star-reading skills will come in handy. But the vengeful Salazar (Javier Bardem) is also after the compass and the trident, hoping to reverse his own ghostly curse. And as things heat up, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) dives into the pursuit as well.

What follows is a series of set-pieces in which these various factions scuffle for control of people and artefacts that can lead them in their quests for power. They all talk incessantly about the elaborately complex mythology, but it never makes any sense why each person knows only fragments of the lore. And it's also not easy to hear what they're shouting amid the general chaos of yet another epically choreographed fight scene. Thankfully, the actors are hammy enough to stand out from the sea of digital effects that fill the screen.

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Jerry Bruckheimer and wife Linda Bruckheimer at the Premiere Of Disney's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" held at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 18th May 2017

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Jerry Bruckheimer and Wife Linda Bruckheimer

Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer seen arriving at the 30th Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 14th October 2016

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Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer

Linda Bruckheimer and Jerry Bruckheimer at the 30th annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 15th October 2016

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Linda Bruckheimer and Jerry Bruckheimer

Tom Cruise Lays Down Conditions For 'Top Gun 2': "No CGI"


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Tom Cruise has spoken a bit more about what he’d like to see from the rumoured Top Gun sequel. “It would be fun,” he admitted, “I would like to get back into those jets.”

However, the Hollywood megastar had one condition for his involvement, which was rumoured by a producer recently. “It would have to be practical. I don't want any CGI jets. I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one.”

The 53 year old actor made the comments to Reuters ahead of his new movie Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which had its London premiere on Saturday (July 25th) ahead of its worldwide theatrical release on July 31st.

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'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Is Coming In 2017 - Whether You Like It Or Not


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Disney has confirmed that Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on July 7, 2017 – a six-year gap between franchise entries. The tentpole, which stars Johnny Depp in the now-iconic lead role of Captain Jack Sparrow, was supposed to hit cinemas in the summer of 2015, but scripting issues have lead to major delays.

Jack SparrowJohnny Depp in his most lucrative on-screen role to date as Captain Jack Sparrow

Disney will be looking forward to getting Dead Men off the ground; the last Pirates movie - On Stranger Tides - grossed $1.04 billion in 2011. So far, the franchise as a whole has accumulated something like  $3.7 billion in ticket sales alone, and merchandise for the movies sells well, too. 

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Disney To Sever Ties With Jerry Bruckheimer In 2014


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Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney are the latest Hollywood couple to end a once beautiful relationship following a period of uncertainty prompted by a series of missteps. Unlike most Hollywood splits though, this one is being handle amicably as both parties agreed to go their separate ways following a difference of opinion on the studio's creative direction.

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Bruckheimer (L) and Disney chief Alan Horn (R) both say The Lone Ranger had nothing to do with the split

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney released a statement to press on Thursday, 19 September, stating that the studio will look to end it's first-look deal with the producer in 2014. Bruckheimer spoke with THR about the split and insisted that his departure from the studio has nothing to do the failure of his last film, The Lone Ranger. He said that the split comes down to the fact that Disney no longer want to make the kind of movies that he's interested in making and insists their relationship has simply run it's course. However, he did mention that he plans on resolving the matter before it is finalised, and had no concerns as to whether he would be able to reach another contract agreement following the fallout.

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'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Delayed, Are Disney Stalling, Biding Their Time?


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Officially, and this is from Jerry Bruckheimer’s mouth: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has been delayed to 2016 because of a scripting issue. He and everyone involved want to get it right. Sounds plausible enough. But given the problems Disney had with a big-money Johnny Depp, Bruckheimer-produced blockbuster last time out, suggestions are that the giants are mulling things over.

Lone RangerAre Disney ready to ride with Depp again?

“We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done,” revealed Bruckheimer in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s all a factor,” he said, answering a question on price tags. “We want a script that everyone’s signed off on and a budget that everyone’s signed off on.” Jeff Nathanson is working on the screenplay for Pirates 5 and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are signed up to direct.

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The Lone Ranger Review


Good

Everything about this film screams excess, from the ludicrous two-and-a-half hour running time to the whopping scale of the action sequences to Johnny Depp's bizarro costume. But this reunion between Depp and his original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy director Verbinski is a solidly made romp that actually has some genuine laughs and thrills. There's certainly never a dull moment.

It's set in late-1860s Texas, where John Reid (Hammer) arrives to visit his brother Dan (Dale), whose wife Rebecca (Wilson) is John's former flame. After an elaborate prison break, John is deputised and joins the posse of rangers hunting down the escapee. When they're ambushed, John is the lone survivor, nursed back to health by quirky outsider Tonto (Depp), a Native American who knows how to get to the bottom of what's going on here. So they go undercover to find the truth, which involves a secret silver mine, construction on the first transcontinental American railway, and tensions between European settlers and the native Comanche community.

The script is a complex riot of details that resolutely refuse to gel into a coherent picture until the screenwriters are good and ready to fill in the gaps. In the mean time, they throw the characters into a series of madcap action set-pieces that are wildly cartoonish in the way everyone just dusts themselves off afterwards and carries on. From train crashes to horseback chases, this is non-stop action. And Verbinski is an expert at staging these massive sequences, so they're a lot of fun to watch, especially when the film is populated with such energetic characters.

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Johnny Depp On Lone Ranger, "The Critics Are Upset That It Didn't Tank"


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Actor Johnny Depp has come out fighting over the criticism levelled at his movie The Lone Ranger, saying his performance as Tonto was a "salute to the Native Americans" and that it's disappointing box-office performance in the United States didn't trouble him because he had no expectations.

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp at the UK Premiere of 'The Lone Ranger'

When quizzed by the BBC's Lizo Mzimba at the UK premiere of the movie, Depp played down the extent of the 'flop', saying, "I don't have any expectations, I think critics were especially upset that it didn't really tank. I think they were hoping that it would really tank, you know?"

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Is 'Alice In Wonderland 2' Such A Good Idea For Johnny Depp?


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At the turn of millennium, Johnny Depp made five movies, Blow (2001), From Hell (2001), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003), and Secret Window (2004). The majority of these movies were pretty good and even those garnering mixed reviews featured strong performances from the chameleon, Depp.

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] In The Lone Ranger

This week, the Hollywood actor agreed up star in a sequel to 2010's fantasy blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. Yes, the film grossed $1 billion, though it wasn't very good. Tim Burton sacrificed all the magic and heart of the original for a pointless 3-D treat, with Depp's Mad Hatter character appearing superfluous - if that's at all possible.

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Lone Ranger Flop Marks Jerry Bruckheimer's Fall From Grace At Disney


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Jerry Bruckheimer’s future at Disney, which seemed secure after his massive success with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is now hanging in the balance. Because of the massive flop of a movie that was The Lone Ranger – the movie earned $48.9 domestically over the holiday weekend, after costing over $250 million to make – the director is facing a renegotiation of his contract, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The website reports that this renegotiation could lead to a drastic cut of the producer’s fee for the upcoming Pirates 5, if not to him eventually leaving the studio.

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Bruckheimer's career boasts many indisputable successes.

The studio’s claim seems to be that Bruckheimer should have had a firmer grip on Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski’s spending. The beautiful vistas of the American West, which are one of the film’s main selling points – were filmed entirely on location. This accounts for a large chunk of the budget, of course. However, prominent Hollywood directors, producers and industry insiders have stepped up to defend Bruckheimer’s work.

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Where Does 'The Lone Ranger' Rank In List Of Biggest Movie Flops?


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Ok, so by now everyone's well aware that Jerry Buckheimer and Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger is a monumental flop - a serious disaster that could cost Disney $150 million. The Johnny Depp-Armie Hammer starring western took just $48.9 million over the usually lucrative five-day Independence Day weekend - leaving it miles from its $175 million marketing budget, not to mention its $250 million production costs.

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Johnny Depp starred as Tonto and Armie Hammer played The Lone Ranger

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney is praying for a return of $150 million abroad, taking its worldwide total to $275 million and $150 million short of its $425 million total budget. "It's very disappointing," said Disney executive vice-president of worldwide distribution Dave Hollis. "Everything was perfect on paper, so today was incredibly frustrating." The problem is, nothing could be described as perfect. If Hollis is referring to Johnny Depp than it's lazy marketing. If he's referring to Verbinski in the directorial seat, or the bloated budget, than it's just stupid talk. The Lone Ranger has received some of the worst reviews of the year - it's a terrible movie - and unfortunately, nobody wants to watch big-budget westerns. Did Cowboys and Aliens teach them nothing? 

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Alexandra Bruckheimer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer - Jerry Bruckheimer Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 24th June 2013

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Alexandra Bruckheimer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer

Alexandra Bruckheimer, Jerry Bruckheimer and Linda Bruckheimer - Jerry Bruckheimer Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 24th June 2013

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Martin Lawrence, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise
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Johnny Depp, Bob Iger, Jerry Bruckheimer and Leron Gubler
Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp
Jerry Bruckheimer, Ana Martinez and Natasha Holler
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite...

The Lone Ranger Movie Review

The Lone Ranger Movie Review

Everything about this film screams excess, from the ludicrous two-and-a-half hour running time to the...

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Review

Captain Jack Sparrow is back for another high seas romp and, despite the long running...

The Sorcerer's Apprentice Movie Review

The Sorcerer's Apprentice Movie Review

It's not like we expect anything else from Bruckheimer: this is a loud, wacky, effects-laden...

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Movie Review

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Movie Review

There are times during this film when it's plainly obvious that it was based on...

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G-Force Movie Review

G-Force Movie Review

This rollicking action romp has all of the chase scenes and car crashes you expect...

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Movie Review

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Movie Review

Hollywood has found a new cash cow, though the use of the latter term might...

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Movie Review

An honest-to-God, brawling, hooting, big ball of popcorn spectacle of a movie, Pirates of the...

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Black Hawk Down Movie Review

Black Hawk Down Movie Review

"It's about the facelessness of war!" exclaimed a colleague. "The compositions are stunning, with...

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