Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Review


The song of Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner, Henry (Brenton Thwaites) teams up with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in order to save his father from the curse of the Flying Dutchman and bring him back to life. To do this, they must find the famous Trident of Poseidon before the evil Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), whom has a grudge against Jack, does. Along for the ride is Carina (Kaya Scodelario) as a young woman who also wants to find the trident based on a map left behind by her father, and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

The latest entry in the Pirates franchise brings us on another adventure with Jack Sparrow, along with some newcomers. Like the last film, this one isn’t particularly necessary, but in a sense it does have more purpose than the last film. What this does is actually bring the series full circle with how our new characters connect to others. But there is a twist towards the end that feels completely out of nowhere and feel like an inconsistency in the series. In all honesty, the twist doesn’t really work, though I can understand its purpose. That aside, this entry does have everything you would expect from a Pirates film. Great set design, solid visuals and cinematography, fun action sequences, and of course some good laughs from ol’ Jack himself. But along with that we have an overstuffed script with too much going on and more characters than we actually need. And while we get some good humor from Jack Sparrow as per usual, it feels like he’s lost the spirit and adventurous side we’ve seen of him. Instead he’s just a regular perverted drunk, which he is, but that’s all he is in this one more or less. Depp still turns in a fine performance regardless as Sparrow, and the same goes for Rush as Barbossa. Although we are given a bit more depth into Barbossa’s character and Rush does a great job of showing this side of his character we haven’t seen before. Bardem is fine as Salazar, even if the character himself isn’t particularly as memorable or engaging as Barbossa in the first film or Davy Jones in 2 and 3. As far as the newcomers, the pair are a welcoming addition and do well with their respective roles. Their chemistry is decent, but the relationship aspect feels a bit too forced and rushed. Finally we have the return of our two other characters from the original trilogy. Orlando Bloom returns as Will Turner in a smaller role and is serves his minimal time well. Keira Knightley on the other hand, while nice to see, returns in a scene that feels so much like an after thought. She’s in the movie a whole 3 minutes and doesn’t receive any dialogue. This is merely a cameo, whereas Bloom is more of a “special appearance.”

The latest entry in the Pirates franchise definitely isn’t necessary, but nonetheless it’s a much better and more worthy entry than the last film. This one essentially brings the franchise full circle and works as a reboot. It still has the fun entertainment and laughs with its action, and the newcomers serve as worthy additions. Despite the bloated script, and some questionable choices in the script, as well as a forgettable villain, it’s still a ship worth sailing.