Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tells No Tales,
is the fifth “Pirates” film based on the famous Disney dark ride. It is also the second stand-alone film since the original trilogy. Is the franchise still entertaining and exciting? Or has Johnny Depp’s career sinking to the depths of Davey Jones’ locker?
Seen in 2-D with Atmos sound, a late night showing that ended after midnight. This is better read if you watched the movie (Possible spoilers ahead).
The trailers before the movie
Cars 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5, aka Dead Man Tell No Tales, aka Salazar’s Revenge, is a story about the great Captain Jack Sparrow who isn’t looking too great lately. In a streak of bad luck, he’s losing his crew and fortune. Meanwhile, Henry Turner, the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann-Turner, is all grown up and spending his adult life sailing the seas trying to locate Jack. If that’s not enough, a mysterious scientist-witch, Corina Smythe, is finding ways to unlock the secrets behind Poseidon’s Trident, an artifact that can unlock curses of the sea. But wait, there’s more! A dark sinister ghost is released from the Devil’s Triangle into the open waters and wants revenge on Jack Sparrow.
No matter what I write from here out, I enjoyed it. Johnny Depp hasn’t lost a step and is no where less humorous. Watching the film makes me want to go to Disneyland again. But I see the criticisms. Many clever jokes go flat. The once-hilarious quips by Depp get little more than a chuckle. It’s the “been there, done that” feeling we’ve seen in films before. POTC5 keeps to its safe formula; perilous escapes, leaping stunts, bottles of rum, and the overplayed, hammy Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. So hammy, we want to scream from our seats for something new and different. But we have Javier Bardem, as the ghostly Captain Salazar, an origin character, introduced with great appearance and special effects. Then there is the new, younger duo of Henry Turner and Corina Smythe. Not my favorite characters but that is mostly the fault of the script. While the idea of finding Poseidon’s Trident is an interesting one, it was never played up like the Holy Grail, the Fountain of Youth, or even those magical stones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It was just an objective and its discovery was anti-climatic for something once belonging to Greek god. POTC5 is not without surprises and twists. It’s problem was the best ones were revealed in trailers and the few that were not were overused cliches.
I go on record and confess I didn’t see POTC5 looking for originality. The franchise has got a lock on the pre-Victorian age, known as the Georgian era, of sailing ships, ghost stories, and artifact hunting. In many ways, its a less-intellectual version of Indiana Jones. After 14 years and 5 films, the retreaded stories, characters, and ideas are running out of energy. Still, it has escapes, perils, ship to ship combat, and most of all a wacky, drunk, Jack Sparrow. It’s not just the best nor the worst of the franchise.
One last thing, stick around for the post-credit scene!