Hello, my darling readers!
We made it to the final Pirates of the Caribbean movie. (At least for now!) Dead Men Tell No Tale is the fifth film of the franchise, so let’s see if it’s worth watching!
The Plot (according to RT):
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.
Okay, so here is the deal. I binged all movies a while ago with the intention of writing these reviews. And then I didn’t. By the time I actually got around to writing, I had to rewatch the films as I had forgotten all of the details. Not just that, I had completely erased all memory of the existence of the fifth movie. Once I checked Disney+ and saw the list, I remembered that I absolutely hated it. But I figured I’ll have to check it out again. And turns out, the second time around I didn’t loath it quite as much. It’s still a film that was very much unnecessary and that is leeching off of a big franchise to make even more money.
Come to think of it, I might even like this better than the fourth film.
I’ll give them points for the whole ‘women in science’ angle as I quite enjoyed that bit. But the story as a whole wasn’t too well-written and was all over the place. The chemistry between Carina and Henry wasn’t there for me, so they lost me on that.
Sadly, they just squeezed Jack Sparrow for the comedic bits and were rather flimsy on the story part there. I mean, Jack Sparrow origin story? Yes, I’m interested in that but the presentation was rushed and lacking. I didn’t care for Javier Bardem’s crew as the film just failed to get you invested in that. They did do a great job inserting a young Johnny Depp for the flashback scenes, so I’ll give them that. To be honest, it just seemed like a weak attempt to have Sparrow in a movie that he has no business being in. The filmmakers are very well aware that Johnny Depp and his performance was what made the films so successful, so of course, they need to have his character there. Even when it doesn’t make too much sense.
Overall, this was a movie that could have been good. The idea that Will Turner’s son somehow breaks his curse to set his father free is decent. But throughout the film, I just continuously kept forgetting that this was actually part of the plot. They stuffed in a lot of other things that were not nearly as captivating and failed to get me invested. The movie was so lackluster, especially when you consider what it could have been. It loses itself in side/back-stories nobody cares about (at least not the way they are presented). I might have cared had the writing been better or more focused. But as is, the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie was disappointing. I didn’t hate it, but it was definitely a film we didn’t need.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!