Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (released in some countries as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge) is a 2017 American swashbuckler fantasy film directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg from a script by Jeff Nathanson, with Jerry Bruckheimer serving again as producer. It is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and the sequel to On Stranger Tides (2011). The film stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, and Kevin McNally. In the film, Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the Trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.
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.
- Overall, the film seems like a rehash of [[mh:greatestmovies:Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl}} with elements of the other films, focusing too much on Easter eggs to the earlier films rather than the actual plot.
- The plot is confusing and difficult to follow due to there being too many sub-plots about different characters.
- Despite all these sub-plots resulting in many different things happening, barely anything interesting happens in any of them, making the movie boring.
- Some of these sub-plots revolve around poorly written characters not much people will care for, which isn't helping matters.
- The film rarely references its predecessor Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to the point it looks more like a sequel to the original trilogy rather than to the fourth film, which seemed to be the start of a new trilogy before the fifth film opted to bring back Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan, thus making On Stranger Tides look like a "out of place" entry in the series. If not for the Black Pearl still shrunken, Barbossa commanding the Queen Anne's Revenge and the mention of Blackbeard, it would seem like if the fourth film had never existed.
- Taking this into account, Scrum is so far the only characted introduced in the fourth film who returns here, with Angelica, the Queen Anne's Revenge crew, Philip Swift and Syrena not seeming to even exist anymore.
- Rather than letting the plot flow normally, the narration tells us what the plot is through a discussion by a bunch of characters towards the beginning of the film.
- As mentioned above, many of the characters are poorly-written and forgettable. Pig Kelly and his sister Beatrice even look out of place and their scene seems to be filler.
- Slow pacing which causes the film to be unnecessarily long, which contributes to the boredom.
- Captáin Armando Salazar is one of the worst, if not the worst, villains in the franchise. He has a bland personality, his goals are forgettable, and looks like a moron. Even though Jarvel Bardem was fine playing him, it wasn't good enough to make Captáin Armando Salazar a great villain. That said, his motives aren't new, as Lord Cutler Beckett from [[mh:greatestmovies:Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest}} and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End had the same plans as him.
- Despite that Captáin Armando Salazar being shown as one of the main antagonists, he barely even gets enough screentime to be a supporting character, making him pointless.
- Although Marty, Murtogg and Mullroy were previously assumed to be dead due Blackbeard's attack on the Black Pearl, here they return without explanation. On the other hand, other pirates from the original trilogy like Mr. Cotton, Ragetti and Pintel didn't return even though they could have done the same as with Marty, Murtogg and Mullroy. Likewise, Bootstrap Turner doesn't even return here despite his promise to stay at the Flying Dutchman with Will and having a grandson. Did he got bored and left?
- While the visual effects are great, the de-aging of Depp is uncanny.
- Throughout the film, the Queen Anne's Revenge, the Dying Gull and even the Silent Mary are abandoned and are no longer seen again despite their importance in the story.
- The film is full of plot holes:
- Jack's compass has got to be the film's biggest plot hole; Here, it's shown that if Jack abandoned his compass, then Salazar and his crew would be freed from the Devil's Triangle. But why in previous films Jack gave his compass to Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, Angelica, etc. and nothing happened?
- It never explains how Davy Jones came back to life.
- Although Will Turner returned in this movie after his absence in the previous film, he just appears at the beginning and at the end, so it's kinda strange why they even bothered to bring him back if he didn't join the main adventure.
- It's a disappointing ending for the franchise, as it has been confirmed that the sixth film in the works has been ultimately cancelled and replaced with a female-centric reboot starring Margot Robbie given the claims of Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard of domestic abuse, despite teasing another sequel with its post-credits scene.
- As with any Pirates of the Caribbean film, the visual effects are great.
- Multiple good performances, especially Johnny Deep as Jack Sparrow.
- Passable soundtrack composed by Geoff Zanelli.
- The swashbuckling action is handled surprisingly well.
- Captain Jack Sparrow is still a likeable protagonist.
- The movie does have a couple of familiar lines and jokes that were bought from the previous films.
- Like the previous films, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg still gives a good direction.
- Bringing back Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann after their absence in the previous film is a good move, as most viewers missed them and wanted to see them return to the series.
- The beginning with Jack and his crew literally robbing a bank by dragging it throughout Saint Martin is very funny and creative.
- Captain Hector Barbossa's death is well-executed and significative, ending his redemptive arc in a heartwarming and poignant way.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike, who praised its visual effects, musical score, and performances of the cast, but criticized its screenplay and narrative. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 29% based on 285 reviews, and an average rating of 4.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales proves that neither a change in directors nor an undead Javier Bardem is enough to drain this sinking franchise's murky bilge". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews", while the audience score is 6.3 Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it an 82% overall positive score.
- In July 2018, Terry Rossio's 2012 original script for this film was uploaded into Internet; it highly differed from the final product and was a direct sequel towards Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides featuring most of its characters joining Jack Sparrow on his adventure, especially Philip and Syrena. Rossio's script was scrapped when Johnny Depp demanded it to be rewritten because the Sea Widow, the script's main antagonist, was a female villain and Depp had already have a female villain in Dark Shadows. Most fans widely considered Rossio's script as far better than the finished product.