The Funny Mom Blog contributor Heather and her son had the most magical evening for a media preview of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales. You can read her Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales review here!
The El Capitan Theater is a fully restored theater dating back to the mid-1920’s. Entering the theater, its’ beautifully intricate details throw you back to the days of real Hollywood glamour. My son especially loved the Lego sculpture of Captain Jack Sparrow in the lobby. We sat in the balcony, next to the middle aisle; the perfect view. Center stage sat a man with talent extraordinaire recreating Disney tunes on a golden Wurlitzer Theater Organ. As curtain time approached, the magical music man and his golden Wurlitzer sank below the stage and vanished from site a midst an ocean of applause.
Curtains up! Lights out.
We are immediately thrust into the sea. A young boy, his loving, but cursed father and a triangle full of ghostly sailors whose captain declares to the only surviving sailor aboard a British ship that “Dead men tell no tales.”, introduce us to pirate myths and sets the vibe for the entire film.
Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) is a ghost trapped with his crew and his ship in the depths of the Devil’s Triangle thrust there by the wits of a young Jack Sparrow. Captain Salazar wants revenge for such a horrific fate and rather than killing a well-off notorious pirate, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a deal is struck in which Captain Barbossa will assist Salazar in locating Jack Sparrow.
Johnny Depp returns as the somewhat unfortunate Captain Jack Sparrow who is being hunted by the ghostly captain Salazar. The only way to save his own life is to team up with the British sailor who yearns to free his father from a curse of the deep, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and a feisty astronomer with a surprising past that has been taken for a witch, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) to locate the legendary Trident of Poseidon.
Adventure ensues in the quest for the Trident culminating in an ending fans of Pirates were truly hoping for. No spoilers, but there were audible joyous sighs from the audience. Directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was filled with edge of your seat excitement, ghastly images that were not frightening enough to cause nightmares, but enough to send chills up your arms and laughs that, fortunately, went over the head of my 8 year old at times while I laughed out loud.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters May 26, 2017.