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

Updated on May 28, 2017
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Alec is an up-and-coming film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and once again stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs. Newcomers include Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner and Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth and the always impressive Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar. We also get cameos from Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.

The film follows Henry Turner who has set out on a mission to find the Trident of Poseidon in order to free his father Will Turner from the Flying Dutchman. In his pursuit, he is confronted by the sinister Captain Salazar and sent to give warning to Jack Sparrow that "Death will come straight for him". It's in this moment that you can't help but ask yourself - just how many people did Jack anger in his youth? Must be the entire world because the enemies keep on coming. Speaking of Jack, he's in the process of robbing a bank...how he managed to fall asleep drunk inside the safe along with the mayor's wife, well, that's a whole other story that we aren't shown. During his escape, Jack meets the young Carina who has been accused of being a witch because of her extensive knowledge of astronomy. He helps her but they're both soon enough imprisoned, bound to die by morning. That's when young Henry finds Sparrow and Carina, and makes deals with them both. Soon enough, all three are on their way to find the Trident of Poseidon.

The story was interesting and kept me engaged throughout. Kaya Scodelario performed wonderfully and had great chemistry with Brenton Thwaites. The problem with the film though lies "between the lines" so to speak. There were a ton of continuity issues that practically go against the mythology that the previous four films had so perfectly created. Pirates 5 had been given new writers and new directors, which did more damage than good. While they attempted to make a good film, they didn't pay much attention to detail and caused the film to not only be choppy and rather uneven but also a blatant disregard of most all previous events. The end credit scene also sets up part 6, but according to the mythos set up in parts 2 & 3, what the writers have done is an impossibility which makes me fear that part 6 is already doomed.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the fun and adventure and Javier Bardem plays one fantastic villain. I was let down with the continuity issues but the film did have many redeeming qualities. So, because I have mixed feelings on the film, I gave Pirates 5 a total of 2 out of 4.

© 2017 Alec Zander

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