Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

Jack Sparrow is Back!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

I have a bold confession: Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the best current franchises, and the fifth installment––Dead Men Tell No Tales––continues to bring tons of action, humor, and swashbuckling fun to the screen... savvy?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales once again sees Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) thrust into a brand new adventure. When one of Jack’s old nemesis, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escapes from the Devil’s Triangle; his only hope for survival lies in finding the mythical Trident of Poseidon. He teams up with a brilliant and stunning astronomer Carina Barbossa (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan. 

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Depp’s portrayal of Jack Sparrow has always walked the line between hero and a damsel in distress; it’s always been a key part of this franchise. Geoffrey Rush also returns as Captain Barbossa, and viewers finally get to know a little bit more about his character’s history. Rush is brilliant in the role, though the character has become somewhat predictable. 

New to the film is Brenton Thwaites taking on the role of Henry Turner, who is determined to free his father from his curse. Kaya Scodelario is Carina, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer seeking the legendary Trident of Poseidon. Scodelario gives the film the strong female lead it has so desperately needed since Keira Knightley left the franchise after At World’s End

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It was refreshing to have Orlando Bloom back as Will Turner, and the special effects team did an outstanding job creating his cursed look with barnacles on the side of his face and over his clothes. Even Keira Knightley makes a welcome return to the franchise, though her return felt rushed and like fan service.

Pirates of the Caribbean has been known for its stellar cinematography––like when Jack is sailing across the crystalline sea on the Black Pearl or running through a beautiful jungle––and the action sequences manage to be both funny and heart-pounding at the same time.

Overall, Dead Men Tell No Tales takes us back to why audiences have enjoyed these films over the years. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Pirates of the Caribbean movie without a post credit scene foreshadowing the next film, so make sure you stay until after the credits roll!

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