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Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
05.25.2017
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PLOT: Young Henry Turner’s (Brenton Thwaites) quest to save his cursed father, Will (Orlando Bloom), by finding the mythical trident of Poseidon, brings him face-to-face with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who’s being pursued by the vengeful Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his undead crew. Along the way, they encounter a head-strong astronomer (Kaya Scodelario) and Jack’s old friend-enemy, the now wealthy Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

REVIEW: Captain Jack’s back, but five movies-in, is anyone still psyched for drunken pirate shenanigans? Given that the last one, ON STRANGER TIDES, still managed to make a billion dollars worldwide despite savage reviews and lukewarm audience reception, Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer took the gamble, and indeed, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is better than the last, while still suffering from the flaws that have dogged the series ever since it was decided to branch the original sleeper off into a franchise.

For my money, there’s only ever been one really good PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and that’s the original CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL. The first two sequels were equal parts inspiration and tedium (I think put together they would have made for one really good follow-up), but the fourth suffered from focusing too much on Johnny Depp as Captain Jack, giving him a solo adventure. The originals were always as much about Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) as they were about Jack, and their absence was keenly felt.

Sadly, they’re not back in any substantial way here, with Bloom’s appearance amounting to little more than a cameo, although his curse is a big part of the story. Rather, Will and Elizabeth get themselves a pair of doppelgangers in the form of Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario. While Thwaites doesn’t fare much better than Sam Claflin did in ON STRANGER TIDES, Scodelario is dynamic from start to finish. Her part is nothing new, but she plays it very well, holding her own with the constant Johnny Depp mugging, and once she’s paired with Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, the movie finally finds its footing. To bad this doesn’t happen until the last act.

Up to then, DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is proficient, if unexceptional. New directors Joachin Ronning and Espen Sanberg (KON-TIKI) keep things moving fast, bringing it in at a relatively lean 129 minutes (short for the series), but there’s not much too it other than a series of giant action set-pieces, most of which make no sense. The movie starts with a big chase where Jack’s crew drags a vault through town, which is basically a FAST FIVE rip-off if you replace cars with horseback, only for their pursuers to abruptly disappear, no explanation given. The material is so thin that in order to pad the running time, the movie flashes back to Jack’s first encounter with Salazar for a good chunk of time while the story goes on hold.

Bardem basically recreates his part as SKYFALL’s Silva, only this time as a kind of sea zombie, having limited screen-time, and emerging as the series' dullest villain. I guess Depp’s supposed to be the show here, but his performance is the most listless he’s given in the part to date. There’s something sad about watching this former great mug and do the same thing he’s done over and over, but hey, that’s what the people want, right? Sparrow is Sparrow here, with no character development at all, save for the fact that he now has an uncle, affording another rock icon the chance to make a cameo (I won’t spoil it here). Somehow Keith Richards was able to avoid being roped-back in as Jack’s dad this time.

I’ll give DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES this - if you love the series, you’ll probably like this one. I’ll even go so far as to say that even if you hated the last one, you’ll still likely enjoy it. But, for anyone out there like me, who thinks things are getting stretched a little thin, this isn’t going to change your mind. It has it’s moments, mostly thanks to Scodelario, Rush and the familiar but good score by Geoff Zanelli (Hans Zimmer bailed, but they still use his themes), but this swashbuckler is strictly for die hard fans.

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10:45AM on 05/28/2017

More of the Same

I agree with this review, the franchise as a whole is over and played out. Once again the producers seem to think Depp and his character Sparrow are or should be the focus and it hurts the film. Get rid of Jack.
Not to mention that the time line is completely screwball. If i'm right, Katrina is more than 30 years old, not the young 19 they try to say she is. Remember by the first film Barbossa says they had been searching for the gold medallions etc for 10 years, the near start was when
I agree with this review, the franchise as a whole is over and played out. Once again the producers seem to think Depp and his character Sparrow are or should be the focus and it hurts the film. Get rid of Jack.
Not to mention that the time line is completely screwball. If i'm right, Katrina is more than 30 years old, not the young 19 they try to say she is. Remember by the first film Barbossa says they had been searching for the gold medallions etc for 10 years, the near start was when Elizabeth spied them when she was 10 and coming to Port Royal.
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3:22AM on 05/26/2017
I just saw it and 100% agree with this review
I just saw it and 100% agree with this review
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2:05AM on 05/26/2017
I just re-watched the first movie the other day and I've come to appreciate it more than ever. The movie is so well done. Acting, directing, and score, The chemistry between all the characters works so well. Sadly it looks like the franchise has lost its footing after part 3.
I just re-watched the first movie the other day and I've come to appreciate it more than ever. The movie is so well done. Acting, directing, and score, The chemistry between all the characters works so well. Sadly it looks like the franchise has lost its footing after part 3.
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4:29PM on 05/25/2017
"save for the fact that he now has an uncle, affording another rock icon the chance to make a cameo (I won’t spoil it here)."
I believe there was an article about it on Joblo. So I don't think you'd be spoiling it.
"save for the fact that he now has an uncle, affording another rock icon the chance to make a cameo (I won’t spoil it here)."
I believe there was an article about it on Joblo. So I don't think you'd be spoiling it.
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8:49AM on 05/26/2017
I was thinking the same thing, especially since he has his own character poster. Few people will be surprised.
I was thinking the same thing, especially since he has his own character poster. Few people will be surprised.
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4:19PM on 05/25/2017
Bardem was the only thing about this that seemed remotely interesting, and apparently he's not, so this will be another yawner. This franchise is done. It was done with the 4th film, but this is the dead horse. Perhaps this will, indeed and hopefully, be the final film. Time for Depp to find a new character to embody.
Bardem was the only thing about this that seemed remotely interesting, and apparently he's not, so this will be another yawner. This franchise is done. It was done with the 4th film, but this is the dead horse. Perhaps this will, indeed and hopefully, be the final film. Time for Depp to find a new character to embody.
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4:07PM on 05/25/2017

So happy

They whored it out. Depp also recently revealed that like a teenager can't handle money and points fingers like a brat. Love him and his character but between typical Disney and his recent antics glad to hear out sucks
They whored it out. Depp also recently revealed that like a teenager can't handle money and points fingers like a brat. Love him and his character but between typical Disney and his recent antics glad to hear out sucks
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4:04PM on 05/25/2017

Score

I'm pretty sure the first Pirates movie score was composed by Klaus Badelt, not Hans Zimmer.
I'm pretty sure the first Pirates movie score was composed by Klaus Badelt, not Hans Zimmer.
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2:23PM on 05/25/2017

Also known as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEPP HAS ALIMONY PAYMENTS

It's kinda sad that a performance that was so daring in 2003 has become a complete joke by 2017. Johnny Depp needs to lay off the booze and remember why he's an actor.
It's kinda sad that a performance that was so daring in 2003 has become a complete joke by 2017. Johnny Depp needs to lay off the booze and remember why he's an actor.
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12:10PM on 05/25/2017

Looks like the same story all over again

It's the same damn movie with the same jokes each time. The last one was terrible and this looks to be just as bad of a cash grab than anything else.
It's the same damn movie with the same jokes each time. The last one was terrible and this looks to be just as bad of a cash grab than anything else.
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11:07AM on 05/25/2017
Looking forward to this one. Looks fun and the most back to basics Pirates film since the Curse of the Black Pearl.
Looking forward to this one. Looks fun and the most back to basics Pirates film since the Curse of the Black Pearl.
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10:26AM on 05/25/2017
I think Depp's going to become another casualty of the 2010's.
I think Depp's going to become another casualty of the 2010's.
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