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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

129 minutes, Rated PG-13

STUDIO: Walt Disney Films/ Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 5-26-2017

Henry Turner is looking for the legendary Trident of Poseidon to break the curse that is on Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Henry’s father and the Captain of the Flying Dutchman. While serving time on a British Royal Navy ship, Henry comes across a crew of undead sailors led by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) in the Devil’s Triangle.  Salazar is damned to be trapped in the Devil’s Triangle and he wants revenge on the pirate who put him there, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).  When Jack gives up his magical compass, it causes Salazar to be free of the Devil’s Triangle and he starts his quest to find Jack leaving many dead pirates in his wake.  Meanwhile, Henry searches for Jack as he believes Jack can help him find the Trident and he comes across an independent woman named Carina Smyth who is accused of being a witch.  Henry teams up with Jack’s band of dumb pirates to save Jack and Carina from being executed.  They are soon on the open ocean as they are searching for the Trident with Salazar and the British Royal Navy  on their tail.

 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is a fun entry in the long running series.   It sometimes feels like a throwback to the first one while also having a good continuity with the movies that came before this fifth entry.   Geoffrey Rush feels like he is having fun still as Barbossa while Johnny Depp seems like he is coasting as jack Sparrow.   Will Turner’s son is the centerpiece of this movie and the actor’s chemistry with the female lead is magnetic.   The climax is heartfelt like the climax to the third Pirates movie.   I do wish Orlando Bloom had more to do in this movie than appearing in two scenes.  The end credits scene does hint at where a sixth Pirates movie will go.    I know the producers say there will be no Pirates of the Caribbean without Depp, but maybe they can do without Jack Sparrow or have him more as a sidekick or supporting character.   PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is more fun than the last movie in the series and I hope they make the sixth movie soon.

 

This review is 5-30-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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