“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”-Review:

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is in search of the trident of Poseidon. Joining him are Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina Smith (Kaya Scodelario). Both need the trident for different reasons, both partner with Captain Jack to find it. 

If you’re a fan of the Pirates franchise as a whole, you’ll find things to love about the movie. It keeps the same tone as the other installments, while introducing some new characters and mythos. The addition of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) gave this film the jolt of charisma it needed, because on the surface it’s just another Pirates film. I was glued to the screen when Salazar was wrecking havoc. He was menacing, cold blooded, and determined. Bardem brought this character to life and made him one of the best this franchise has seen. 

One of the things I love about this franchise is the score. The music is so iconic, and when you hear the theme, you’re immediately thrust back into this crazy world. 

Of course, watching Jack Sparrow on screen after a long hiatus was fun. However, at this point it feels like Depp is just doing an impersonation of the character he made famous more than a decade ago. When you make a character your own as much as Depp has with Sparrow, the lines definitely become blurred. Depp has his moments, you laugh at some of the cheesy humor because it’s Johnny Depp and you’re happy to see him but that’s really it. 

You’ll probably enjoy the younger additions to this cast. Brenton Thwaites was solid as the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Henry. You talk about a guy with enormous talent, that hasn’t gotten a break. His previous film The Giver didn’t do well at all, and he was terrific in that. I liked his work here as well, he had some of the charm that Depp used to possess in the original. Kaya Scodelario as Carina was the standout by far. Her character being the only one smart enough to find this trident. She plays that confident and smart character but Carina is also full of wonder. Scodelario displayed all of those traits. 

Some negatives include the pacing. All of the Pirates films churn along at a snails pace. At times the action feels like visual noise, because you aren’t really invested in the story. That isn’t on the acting, it’s just the fact that there’s nothing at stake. I didn’t feel like Jack and his crew weren’t going to succeed. I never felt any danger, even though Bardem was menacing.  

I can say confidently that I enjoyed being thrust back into the Pirates world. Sparrow is one of my favorite characters so spending a couple hours with him made me feel like a kid again. It’s dumb summer fun at best, at worst it goes at a plodding pace. Pirates 5 did enough to keep my attention for two hours, and want to board the Black Pearl in the future. 


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