Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will either be enthusiastically excited or horribly disappointed with the fifth installment. That is if you don’t mind eating the same meal for dinner every night or if you thrive on sitcom reruns to make it through the day. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales takes almost the exact formula established in the other films and added a bit more rum to Jack Sparrow’s character.
Dead Men Tell No Tales attempts to solve for X in this formulaic sequel
Is there a pirate rescued from an impending execution? Check! But is there a man and a women forced to trust a legendary pirate captain in order to achieve their goal? Check! Well is the antagonist cursed bad guy with a quest to kill Jack Sparrow? Check! Yeah, no new ground is broken with the newest film, but, sarcasm aside, this formula still makes for an entertaining experience.
Since the first film, Johnny Depp has basically become Captain Jack Sparrow. Subsequently, in this film Johnny Depp is Jack Sparrow who is then playing Jack Sparrow. When the character finally shows up he is super drunk and almost impossible to understand. He feels like a faded version of the character that made this franchise memorable in the first place. Not sure if the filmmakers are hoping to make the films stand without him in the future, but he felt like he wasn’t in it as much. To some that may be a good thing, but he was usually the most entertaining part in the prior installments.
The new characters, who are tied to old characters, Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina (Kaya Scodelario) are at least likable. They are a little vanilla, but they don’t do anything to make the movie bad. Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa is always entertaining and that doesn’t change here. Although, his costuming is a little odd in this film. Javier Bardem is a great villain in Skyfall and No Country for Old Men, and he does well with his role in this film. It’s a weak character overall, but at least he’s solid.
Ultimately, this movie is for people who saw the first three and wanted another one exactly like them. It’s engaging enough that the audience can be engaged and have a good laugh from time to time. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales earns the Decent Watch rating.