Good morning ladies and gents, back to the grind of a work week. I know being an adult right. This morning we will be reviewing the latest installment in the Pirates series, Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was a fascinating movie to say the least and it left me with more questions than answers. Without further ado, let’s get to it!
The story revolves around a Pirate hunter, Captain Salazar, who was outsmarted and trapped in the Devil’s Triangle by Jack Sparrow. Cursed to never leave nor walk on land again, The Ghost Pirates swear revenge on Jack Sparrow. Henry Turner, son of Will Turner, accidentally ventures into the triangle of the cursed pirates aboard one of England’s ships and are attacked. Salazar kills every member of the crew and leave Henry to find Jack for him. Jack must now literally face his demons and send Salazar back to where he came from. Secrets are revealed in Jack’s famous compass, a lost child, a man struggling to find his form, and the love of a father and daughter.
Johnny Depp reprises his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow, the famous and ridiculously insane pirate and face of the franchise. In this movie he must face an old foe who helped him become the legend that he is. Brenton Thwaites plays Henry Turner, son of Will and Elizabeth Turner. His goal in the movie is to find a way to free his father from the cursed pirate ship with the Scepter of Piciden and reunite his family. Kaya Scodelario plays Carina Barbossa, daughter of Capt. Barbossa. He goal in this movie is to complete a quest of reading a map no man can read…and also discovering who she really is. Javier Bardem plays Salazar, a powerful pirate hunter of the Spanish Navy. He is trapped within the confines of the Devil’s Triangle and seeks recent on Jack. Last but not least Geoffrey Rush who plays Barbossa. He discovers that his ships are being taken out one by one by Salazar and seeks to help Jack put him back in his place. Also he finds the daughter he gave up and seeks to build a bond with he.
The movie starts off with young Henry Turner going to see his father on the Flying Dutchman. Will tells him he is forever cursed and cannot have the family he seeks. This leads Henry to dedicate his life to find a way to free his father once Jack Sparrow is found. The second set-piece takes place when we discover that Jack is in a rut and loses his crew after a failed bank robbery. After getting down in the dumps, Jack goes into a pub and gives away his compass for some ale. This frees Salazar from the triangle and now roams the sea killing pirate ship after pirate ship. The third set-piece comes in when Carina and Henry frees Jack from decapitation, captured for the bank robbery, and sets out to stop Salazar and find the Scepter that can stop him. Kaya, who can only read this map and guide them learns more about who she is and gets close to Barbossa.
The final set-piece takes place when our heroes are captured by Salazar. They end up in an underwater abyss where they end up discovering the Scepter. Salazar is freed from his curse and uses the Scepter against Jack. He gets thwarted however and our heroes make a great escape on the Black Pearl’s anchor. This is where Barbossa tells Kaya that he is her father and where he sacrifices himself to save the crew, dragging Salazar underwater with him. The Scepter being destroyed and Will Turner becomes free from his curse. This is the only appearance where both Will and Elizabeth are in the movie together, which ends on a good note for Henry having his family together once again.
CONCLUSION & RATING
This movie puts things together from previous Pirates movies and showcases the various origins of Jack’s beginning. The importance the compass places within the plot giving the holder what he truly seeks out and the curses that plague the seas. The movie was a good ride, but drags and you definitely feel it. It’s not a bad movie but it’s recycling the same movie over and over again. Personal note to Disney and the producers of this property, you can try something new. From a new perspective and a new angle. Seeing the new characters in this movie works, but Jack seems to be in a digression period where he is not being progressed as a character. He is the face so try something new with him or bring someone new in, since there will be a new Pirates after this. Plus with the outside issues surrounding Depp, it would be good to let this man get better and move in a different direction. Sometimes change is good and could resurrect your brand on a whole.
Our rating for this movie is a 3.5 out of 5. It was the same stuff repeated again. Try this, watch the first Pirates movie and watch this one and see few things. The digression of Jack, the weak writing in dialogue and plot, and the movies rushing itself with too much information for you to keep up with. The first one gives it to you in a nice controlled dose and this new one pushes this after this after this at you as a viewer. I get that attention spans in this day and age are weak, but quality information and steady pacing is much more rewarding over a large portion of exposition.
Thank you guys so much for checking out our review for Pirate of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales, please keep a lookout for Baywatch as we gear up for Wonder Woman. Hope you guys have a great day and stay safe out there. Take it easy!