Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and written by Jeff Nathanson.
The Pirates series is one of my favorite Disney trilogies to date (We don't need to talk about Pirates 4), and Captain Jack Sparrow is one of Johnny Depp's most iconic characters. But unfortunately "Dead Men Tell No Tales" doesn't live up to its predecessors, not for me at least.
While this movie is fun and mostly entertaining, it seems forced, especially with Jack. I love the character of Jack Sparrow in the original trilogy, a badass pirate who is also hilarious, what's not to love? In Pirates 5 Jack is a sad, washed up drunk who isn't sober for the entire movie. This bothered me to some extent, I understand where they were trying to take the character, and I understand they wanted to do something different with him so it would stand out from the other movies, but this was just awful character progression. Making Jack a washed up pirate is fine, but why make him a drunk? The whole movie he was stumbling around and slurring his really awful forced jokes, it was a very sad and disappointing version of a character I've come to love over the years. Jack also had almost no emotion throughout the movie, probably because he was wasted off his ass. At first I thought they might use this to progress his character by the end of the movie, you know, give him purpose again and watch him give up the bottle. But alas, Jack stayed a sad, sad drunk and I guess he will always be that way from now on.
Now if it feels like all I'm doing is complaining, well that's what I do best, I'll get to what I liked in a while.
I also thought this movie should have been much more emotional that it was, there is one scene in particular when Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites ) meets Jack for the first time. This scene to me should have been extremely emotional, but when Henry tells Jack he is the son of Will and Elizabeth, Jack says something along the line of "Ew, those two?" and then proceeds to fall asleep standing up without any pants on. Yup, pretty damn disappointing. If you ask me this movie shouldn't of had Jack in it at all and should have focused on Henry completely, but hey, I'm no Hollywood writer.
There is some good to this movie, it is pretty funny, and the visuals are pretty well done. Brenton Thwaites who plays Henry is great, he really captured the feel Orlando Bloom gave off in the first movie as Will Turner. Who by the way, was in this movie a lot less than I expected him to be (silly me having high expectations for a Disney movie), but the parts he was in were my favorite parts of the whole movie. They also do a pretty cool progression with Captain Barbossa's character, but I wont get into it because it will spoil the entire movie.
This movie isn't all bad, but I think it could have been a lot better than it was.
I'm giving Dead Men Tell No Tales a 6/10.
P.S. there is also a pretty sweet after credits scene so stick around for that, it was more intriguing than the whole movie.