TRAILERS: 5 films in UAE cinemas this week
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s revenge (18)
Johnny Depp is probably in need of some friendly territory right now. After recent spats with dogs, Australian customs, Amber Heard’s lawyers and an army of film critics, dressing up like an 18th century Keith Richards and cavorting around a large galleon for a fifth time is probably as good a respite as any – and no doubt Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge will pay a few bills, too.
Depp might have tried some leading man roles of late – Public Enemies, Black Mass – but he’s most at home in technicolour capers, where he is able to shed any pretence of reality and create something that isn’t so much a character as a three-dimensional catchphrase, a cartoon around which everyone else can circle. Much like Scooby Doo, he’s best when he’s providing all a film’s laughs and most of its heart.
Captain Jack Sparrow has fulfilled this brief throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and he does so again here as he tries to avoid old nemesis, Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his Spanish Navy ghost crew. It puts him on the hunt for the Trident of Poseidon, which will grant the possessor total control of the seas. Or something.
The umbilical cord to the previous films in the series is provided by newcomer Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a British navy shipmate who we learn is the son of Will and Elizabeth Swann (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley respectively). In addition to escaping the ghost crew, he has to free his father from the clutches of the Flying Dutchman and is helped along the way by Carina (Maze Runner’s Kaya Scodelario). All good fun.
In cinemas from May 25
Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace and Octavia Spencer line up for this emotional but neatly executed family drama about a custody battle over a seven-year-old child prodigy. It’s nice to see Evans stretch his wings a bit.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (18)
A family road trip to grandma’s 90th birthday celebration takes a wrong turn when Greg hatches his latest scheme to become famous. Soapy fun with Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (G)
Anything that begins with the words “Morgan Freeman narrates” is worth watching, especially when it’s about lemurs. This compelling documentary follows Dr Patricia Wright on her quest to know more about these creatures.
Half Girlfriend (18)
Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor star in this dopey romance about a girl called Riya who can’t decide whether to succumb to the charms of Madhay so, well, decides to become his “half girlfriend”.
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