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


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is exactly what you expect walking into it. It's another chapter in the misadventures of Johnny Depp's drunken and bumbling Jack Sparrow and all his many colorful partners-in-crime. The movie is funny, packed full of action, gets romantic, and pulls on your heartstrings a little. We get nothing more but a little less out of it.


A down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon. To find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


My biggest gripe about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is how poor the CGI is at times. There are bits and pieces of the film that look just plain bad. One of the spots is right at the very beginning and doesn't leave you very reassured about how the rest of the movie will look. One major character is made to appear younger in one sequence and it looks dreadful. It was as if the de-aging process was performed using the same software artists utilized to create the Scorpion King for The Mummy Returns in 2001.


The performances by the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales were good overall. There were a few points where it felt like Depp was calling it in or just off his game a bit. Javier Bardem is both ghoulish and sympathetically despairing in the role of Captain Salazar.


Being a huge fan of The Beatles, I was very excited to see Sir Paul McCartney had a role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I was not let down by his small but memorable scene in the movie. He was every bit as witty and charming as you'll remember him from A Hard Day's Night and Help!


Just like all the previous movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales gets a bit slow at times. There are some valleys in between the peaks of action. However, the journey and its ultimate objective is laid out nicely before us. I was also quite impressed with how well everything is wrapped up from the past four films.


The costuming and set design for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is flawless. All the pirates are absolutely filthy and their ragged clothing matches their chosen profession. The ships look worn and old and the downtown locales of the seaside towns match what you would expect them to look like during the time period the movie is set in. The only thing that interferes with the authentic surroundings we're put in is some of the mediocre CGI additions and effects.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rated PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content. As usual, Jack is seen guzzling rum quite often. Captain Salazar and his ghostly crew will also no doubt be frightening to younger viewers. There's one with no head and some with other body parts missing. Profanity is used at times and plays on words could be offensive to some.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales came out May 26th, 2017. It was directed by Joachim Rรธnning and Espen Sandberg. The cast includes Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, and Kaya Scodelario. The running time is 129 minutes.

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