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

Photo Credit: Pirates of the Caribbean Facebook
Photo Credit: Pirates of the Caribbean Facebook

If you’re anything like me, you didn’t pay much attention to the trailers. I was just excited for another Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Just in case you didn’t pay attention, here the synopsis. Remember our old friends Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann? Well, if you stayed until after the credits on At World’s End, you would have seen Will and Elizabeth’s ten year old son, Henry Turner. Dead Men Tell No Tales storyline all comes from Henry wanting to break his father’s curse so he can return home to his family. The person who can help break Will’s curse to the Flying Dutchman: Captain Jack Sparrow, duh. Henry finds the great pirate, but he’s an old drunk who is less than astonishing. Jack doesn’t live up to all the tales Henry has heard about the great Jack Sparrow. The pirate who survived Black Beard and always finessed his way out of the British Navy’s hold. Nonetheless, Henry helps save Jack. Henry also helps save a girl, Carina Smyth, who was going to be hanged for being a witch. We’ve seen witches before in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but Carina is no witch. She’s an astronomer. During that time period, men thought any woman who was smarter than them had to be a witch. Don’t even get me started on the men during that time period (or any period for that matter). Henry needs Jack and Carina’s help to locate the Trident of Poseidon. The Trident controls the sea and has the ability to break Will Turner’s curse.

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Photo Credit: Disney

Everyone knows Jack Sparrow isn’t going to help anyone out of the kindness of his heart unless he’s helping himself too. Jack is running from Captain Salazar. An undead Spanish pirate who wants revenge on Jack for cursing him and his crew to an eternal life as ghost trapped in the Devil’s Triangle. Due to a series of events, Salazar and his crew are able to escape the Triangle and go after Jack and any other pirates in their path.

There is a scene post credits that may give hint at the next Pirates of the Caribbean, if there is one. Dead Men Tell No Tells does wrap things up nicely; Old story lines from the third film get finished and Jack Sparrow is happy with a crew and a ship. But, with the post credit scene, it does give off the impression that there will be another film. There isn’t a guarantee there will be sixth installment. Why tease us with the post credit scene if you weren’t planning another movie? Other post credit scenes don’t necessarily hint at another sequel, but this one does. The last scene is literally the definition of a cliff hanger. I just hope if there is another sequel, we won’t have to wait six years for the next one. Johnny Depp is getting a little old after all.

Altogether, the movie was good. If we were doing a five star rating, I would give it four stars. I loved the main characters in the first three films. The writers have done a good job after the third film without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley reprising their roles. The last and the current films have been good since they weren’t the main characters, but they did feel like they were missing something. Regardless, it’s the perfect mix of action, comedy, and a little romance. The CGI was amazing. CGI helped make ghost sharks and a young Jack Sparrow look believable.

Photo Credit: Disney.com
Photo Credit: Disney

Brenton Thwaites was great as the role of Henry Turner. It was easy believing he was the son of Will and Elizabeth Turner. Kaya Scodelario plays Carina Smyth. Usually, I can separate actors from their past rolls, but I did have a hard time forgetting about Kaya’s character Teresa Agnes in The Maze Runner (currently not my favorite character in The Maze Runner series). The only real downside I can give this movie was Jack Sparrow’s character. He’s still the same scamming and egotistical Jack, but compared to the prior movies, there was a lack of him. It felt like he wasn’t in the film as much as he used to be. The character is older and worn-down. It’s been years since The Curse of the Black Pearl, so a lazier Jack is expected. I just wanted a little more from him. The movie did have two big unexpected twist I didn’t see coming. One twist was completely devastating and I wish they would have done without, but I’ll let you watch the movie for yourself to find out. On a scale of wait-until-it-comes-on-television to go-see-it-in-theaters-now, this is a movie that should be experienced in theaters. Just don’t forget to stay until after the credits.

About Devin

I'm a senior marketing major from Louisiana. My dream is to work for MTV one day. I spend too much time watching TV and obsessing over singers and actors. There's is no limit to the amount of times I can quote Mean Girls in a day.

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