Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review

Captain Jack Sparrow is back, again.

It has been six years since we’ve had a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, (On Stranger Tides) which left something to be desired. So, going into Dead Men Tell No Tales, my expectations were pretty low.

Basic Synopsis

In the new Pirates, we follow Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) on his quest to find the Trident of Poseidon, while being pursued by the undead Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) seeking revenge. Jack is joined by familiar Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush,) along with newcomers Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites)

You may be thinking, wait, Turner, did I read that right? Yes, the Turners are back.

Henry Turner is the son of William Turner and Elizabeth Swan. Also, don’t worry this is an important plot point but isn’t really a spoiler, it’s revealed in the first scene of the movie.

Overall thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised.  It may be just because, I went in with pretty low expectations, but I definitely enjoyed it. There were moments throughout the movie I laughed out loud.

The overall feel of the movie brings it back to the original Pirates. There’s a curse that needs breaking, creepy undead guys trying to kill Jack, and a young Turner playing the hero.

I thought our new characters fit in pretty well with the established characters that we know and love. However, it did feel like Henry was only really a Turner in name; the other characters kept brushing him to the side. Though the casting was on point, he looks so much like Orlando Bloom!

Comparison to the Previous Movies

Like I previously stated, this movie has a similar feel to the original.  However, it did lack in explaining a few things. Most notably, we never get to fully understand why Captain Salazar and his crew were cursed. Unlike in Curse of the Black Pearl, we had a very clear explanation.

I would have liked at least an explanation as to where Elizabeth was this whole time.

Slightly controversial, while I don’t think it’s the best Pirates movie by any means, I do think it’s better than On Stanger Tides. On Stranger Tides felt very different from the first 3 and didn’t have a strong driving force.

In Dead Men Tell No Tales, there is a stronger driving force throughout the movie, while it isn’t perfect, it’s way better.

After Credit Scene

In Pirates fashion, there is an after credit scene.  If you didn’t know, yes, after every Pirates movie to date there has been a short scene after to the credits.

I won’t tell you what happens, cause spoilers, but what we see could be hinting at a few things.

  1. This may not be the last Pirates movie like we thought
  2. Someone and/or something may not be as gone as we were lead to believe


Grade: B

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content

Release Date: May 26, 2017

Check your local theater for movie times.


One thought on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review

  1. I am encouraged that the new Pirates movie seems better than the last one. I thought Stranger Tides was kind of a flop compared to the first three, which were amazing movies!

    I look forward to seeing it now! With no spoilers! Thanks.

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