Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

I liked that a lot of the characters from the original trilogy were brought back. We had Will, Elizabeth, Barbosa, and the Black Pearl crew (minus a few), and they all had a role even if it was really small and insignificant for some. Barbosa played a pretty big part in this film because he was “leading” the undead pirates to find Jack Sparrow, but then he ended up being on Jack’s side in the end.

New characters

Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites)

Carina Smyth (Kaya Scoledario)

Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem)

The main plot was that Henry Turner wanted to break his father’s curse that bound him to a life below the sea after At World’s End (2007). I have to say, the timeline of these films is a bit confusing to me, but Wikipedia is helping (a little). At the start of the film, we see Henry, only a young kid at this point, looking for his father’s ship. He finds Will, who then tells his son to give up trying to find Will and save him. It’s a sad moment for little Henry, but he never gives up. Nine years after this encounter, Henry is working on a British naval ship that he notices is about to sail into the Devil’s Triangle, which is pretty much as bad as it sounds, but also kind of vague. I guess if your ship is wrecked in the triangle, you don’t die, but are cursed to live life as an un-dead deteriorating being. Enter Captain Salazar and his army of floating-limbed goons. Henry’s ship gets attacked by Salazar and Henry only escapes with his life as the one person Salazar leaves to tell the tale (he’s apparently famous for doing this since “Dead Men Tell No Tales” duh, and he wants his legend to live on or something, idk I’m pulling this out of this air as I type). So Henry is left alive with a message for Jack Sparrow: Captain Salazar is after him, dead is immanent. Henry has figured out that the Trident of Poseidon can break all the curses of the sea, but he doesn’t know how to find it (cue his quest to find Jack for help and taking on Carina since she has “the map no man can read” that will lead them to the trident).

My grade: B- (Sort of high score just becuase of the nostalgia factor)

If you think that little plot summary is all over the place and kind of makes no sense, you’re right. that’s how the film was plot-wise. There was so much going on that a lot of what happened came down to plot convenience. However, the characters we interesting in their own ways, even if the plot was lacking a strong structure. I really liked Henry and Carina together and that *Spoiler Alert* Carina turned out to be Barbosa’s daughter who was raised in an orphanage and left her the diary of Galileo Galilee as her only inheritance from him. The character connections were cool, while the old characters that came back really punched in the nostalgia factor.

That said, I really hope they don’t make another one of these films. I love this franchise, the Pirates ride in Disneyland is one of my top favorites, but I think it’s time to put Jack’s story to rest. I have seen talk of a sixth film, but then ads on Twitter that claimed this film was the final installment. I kind of have a feeling they may make a new start with Henry and Carina, but like I said I kind of hope they don’t,

What did you think of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? Let me know in the comments!

Katie x




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