Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. The fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series features Johnny Depp forever reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. He is in search of the trident of Poseidon to prevent being destroyed by the hands of Captain Armando Salazar and the rest of his undead Spanish Navy who became trapped in the Devil’s Triangle.
The vibe and tone were similar to what they were going for in the earlier films of the series.Attempting to keep the focus on the love aspect and trying to reel in Captain Jack Sparrow’s antics. The problem is that the overall film franchise is a bit tired so without a complete reboot I don’t imagine the story improving, which it didn’t. The plot of Dead Men Tell No Tales was confusing and as incoherent as the past installments. Captain Jack Sparrow did his thing, except maybe a bit more drunk this time around. Javier Bardem did an amazing job playing Captain Salazar, with no surprise as he has excelled at playing a villain in films. His character had dimensions to him that most villains don’t have. Geoffrey Rush reprized his role as Captain Hector Barbossa and killing it again. The two new romantic leads played by Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario were kind of boring. They felt bland in the movie due to weak acting or a weak script. I don’t really care enough to look too closely. This late in the franchise, I guess I just don’t care much for new main characters. The best parts of the film aside from the entertainment these movies bring, is the music and special effects. They were top notch. Having a great score with beautiful visual effects helps heighten the enjoyment in watching these action adventures.
The plots of Pirates of the Caribbean are always silly, repetitive, and convoluted. To be honest, no one goes to watch it for that reason. The reason is to have fun, which I almost always do when watching these movies.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 2hr 9 min
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Screenplay: Jeff Nathanson
Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Music: Geoff Zanelli
Cinematography: Paul Cameron