“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is the fifth installment in what many have called a sinking franchise. And to be honest, this adventure couldn’t agree more with those statements. While the visual effects and stunts were charming at times, there was little hope to save this movie from the start. Even if Jack’s compass existed in real life — a compass that leads to what you want most — it could not lead fans to a movie that is a promising installment in this franchise.
By no surprise, this movie re-introduces the usual enemies we’ve come to expect when watching a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie: Captain Barbossa, the British Navy, and cursed men who have become the undead. Johnny Depp returns as the drunken pirate that we’ve all come to love, but his performance seems distant and more drunk than usual.
Apart from a few impressive and somewhat hilarious sequences (one, in particular, involving a guillotine), “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is filled with scenes that feel forced, surprises and twists that are expected, and an overall plot that seems as washed up as our favorite pirate. Unfortunately, “favorite” only reflects what we love about him from the previous installments.
“Dead Men Tell No Tales” offers little to add to Captain Jack Sparrow’s character, and quite frankly does hardly anything for all of the other characters in the movie. The movie’s two hours show little to no character building. It seems like other than the new enemy, Captain Salazar, who is actually quite frightening, Jack Sparrow adds next to nothing to move the plot forward. Sure, he’s got a boat and a crew, but the crew shows as much motivation to support their captain as fans will after seeing this movie.
Is “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” a tale worth telling? If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh and not much else, then yes. If you’re looking for a successful stand alone or reboot to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, then I would have to say no.