Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tale

Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Starring: Johnny Depp, Kaya Scodelario, Javier Bardem
Runtime: 2 hr 9 min
What It Is: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tale is the fifth and supposedly final entry into the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise. The movie follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) and his crew alongside Henry Turner (Thwaites) and Carina Smyth (Scodelario) to stop Jack’s old nemesis, Captain Salazar and his army of undead pirates from getting the Trident Of Posiden.

What We Think: This movie is a very divisive movie. If you liked the other Pirates movie then your sure to have a good time with this one. Now if your not the biggest fan of the other movies and going to see this just for fun, i wouldn’t see it. The movie is plagued with bad jokes, a weak villain, unneeded characters and some pretty bad CGI and green screen. Now I’m not gonna lie i enjoyed some parts but they were usually short lived. The acting is fine for the most part and there’s no real standouts in the cast, which is quite disappointing with the new entries that looked some what promising.

Johnny Depp was clearly in this just for the paycheck and didn’t seem to be his normal Jack Sparrow and felt off in a way. Javier Bardem was good and he did his best with what he got but it wasn’t much so it was dulled down to some bad jokes and awkward lines. Orlando Bloom came back for some reason and had no real purpose except to stand around and mope. I did like how they gave Jack Sparrow some much needed background and it did help you see where he was coming from.

The action was serviceable at best and wasn’t exactly fun like it used to be in the other movies. The CGI and all that felt overused and looked fake but there were a couple good shots, most notably with a big CGI undead shark which was rather interesting to see. The pacing was fast at first but soon started to drag and just hit a slug’s pace. Some of the visuals were pretty good, especially the water and the beach scenes. The last 20 minutes was awful and I really wanted the movie to end. In the end, this movie isn’t even an improvement over the last one but a downgrade.

Our Grade: D, This film is a poorly executed with both bad jokes and terrible CGI  it isn’t a lot of fun like the previous entries. If you liked the old ones you’ll like this but if you weren’t a fan then I’d say just skip this one and go see something else and not waste your time on this.

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