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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales


Funny But Too Loud and Dark

Genre: Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive conten
Runtime: 135 minutes
Our Rating:
Directed by: Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning
Cast: Johnny Depp. Javier Bardem. Brenton Thwaites. Kaya Scodelario. Kevin McNally. Geoffrey Rush.
Review by Diana Saenger

The fifth film of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has had fans of these movies excited and now is in theaters. The plot is very “been there done that” and gets a little more boring as it progresses.

We first find Henry (Brenton Thwaites), trying to keep his dad (Orlando Bloom) free from being indentured to another pirate.  Shots of several ships and those aboard waiting to create mayhem to other ships is Irritating by the extremely loud music score.


Of course now it’s time to meet the swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). There is a ship of dead ghost sailors manned by the dreadful Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), and he’s out to get rid of Jack.  However Jack is close to doing that himself as he’s totally drunk, unsure of anything, dodging his enemies and in one long hilarious scene being dragged on top of a house through town. This scene was really done well.

Scodelario, Depp

That scene is a tad long but now we have a new character to focus on, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a pretty and bright astronomer who lost her father and is working her way through the town chaos with strange objects and some much needed mystical occurrences.

The film is fun and there are many moments of laughter – most from Depp who can bring a laugh in very different ways. The entire cast is great and very large for the different groups on the ships.

It’s the production filming that brings down the watching experience. It’s totally ear-plug needing loud throughout the entire movie and many times it drowns out the dialogue someone is speaking. I saw it in 3-D and 90 percent of the entire movie it was dark and unable to figure out who was doing what and where they were out. 3-D is a great enhancement to a point but when it makes everything so dark we don’t know what’s going on it becomes annoying.

Photo Credits: Walt Disney Pictures

Recommended Audience:
Fans of these films –regardless.