Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review (Spoiler-Free)
It’s been six years since we last saw the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow on the big screen, and it’s been nearly 14 years since the first film in the franchise, The Curse of the Black Pearl, introduced the new world inspired by Disney Parks’ beloved attraction. Now, after three previous installments, the magic of Pirates of the Caribbean is back in Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Where the three previous sequels were pretty jam-packed with plot twists and intricate mythos, the latest film in the series feels closer in tone and structure to The Curse of the Black Pearl, giving a strong sense of nostalgia, in addition to the new experiences and adventures the story brings. The film once again features Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), as he finds himself on the run from a creepy band of ghost pirates, led by the undead pirate-hunter Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). In searching for an ancient artifact to protect him, Sparrow crosses paths with a beautiful, brilliant astronomer and a young sailor in the British navy.
Bardem shines as the film’s perfect villain; at all times, he is passionate, strongly motivated, genuinely terrifying, and completely sympathetic in regards to his tragic plight. His backstory is tied closely to Jack Sparrow’s early days as a young pirate, giving us a fascinating look into Sparrow’s backstory, which we hadn’t seen much of in the past four films.
And it simply wouldn’t be a Pirates movie without a fair share of swashbuckling. In classic form, action scenes wonderfully combined thrilling adventure with fun, witty comedy. The story is never boring, giving us several epic adventures along the way, and it even allowed for some sincere jaw-dropping revelations.
Whether or not Disney’s flagship action-adventure series ends with Dead Men Tell No Tales remains to be seen, but all the same, the film is completely enjoyable and perhaps displaces Black Pearl as my favorite film of the series. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now in theaters, you can find movie tickets by clicking here. Before you go see the film, you can learn more about the making-of Dead Men Tell No Tales from interviews with the cast.