Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review
It’s been six years since Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Master Gibbs (Kevin R. McNally) rendezvoused on a beautiful beach with their plunder from Blackbeard’s ship. Most importantly, Jack had the Black Pearl back in his possession, albeit miniaturized in a bottle. But for Captain Jack Sparrow that’s nothing but a small wave in the water, savvy?
Six years is a long time and ill winds of fate have blown in Jack’s direction. Not only is he down on his luck, what’s left of his rag-tag crew have washed their hands of him after a looting attempt goes horribly wrong. Seems Jack has lost all credibility as a pirate to be feared. If that’s not bad enough, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his crew of ghost sailors are seeking vengeance on all pirates with Jack at the top of the list.
Captain Jack’s chance at survival hinges on him finding the all-powerful Trident of Poseidon, however he is not the only one searching. A young sailor, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) believes the Trident can remove the curse from his father, a beautiful and brilliant astronomer, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) believes it is her birthright since her father left her the “map no man can read” that leads to the Trident, Captain Salazar wants it to remove the curse from himself and his crew, The British Navy wants it to rule the seas, and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) wants it to reclaim his fleet of ships taken by Captain Salazar. Whew!
Alliances are formed between Jack, Henry, and Carina, reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Captain Barbossa makes a deal with Captain Salazar to spare his life and his crews by leading the ghost pirates to Jack. But they are pirates after all, so you can expected double-crossing, back-stabbing and plenty of sword fighting and cannon blasts to follow.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is an action packed movie that definitely earns it’s PG-13 rating. The CGI on the ghost pirates may be a bit scary for younger children, not to mention the bloody battles. I was a bit apprehensive watching a movie with this much action in 3-D, but was pleasantly surprised with how well it was done. No headaches here.
In my opinion there seemed to be a bit of a change in the humor we are used to seeing from the franchise. It was a bit raunchier and at points was not quite in character for Captain Jack. However, my husband didn’t seem to notice a difference. What I really did like, besides the brief screen time for Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), be still my heart, was meeting another member of Captain Jack’s family, watching how Jack became Captain Jack Sparrow, and getting to see a different side of a pirates life. Without giving away any surprises I have to say, we never saw it coming.
If you are looking for a swashbuckling good time, then head to your local theater. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens nationwide this Friday, May 26, 2017
- I was invited to attend the Chicago screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. All opinions are my own.
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