Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursed by an undead sea captain and his crew.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Javier Bardem
Directed by: Joachim Ronning, and Espen Sandberg
Written by: Jeff Nathanson, and Terry Rossio
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me… again and again! Sorry, while some are tired of the pirate movies, I say keep them coming. Maybe it’s just the Disney fan in me, but I say if I can continue to ride the ride, I can watch another movie. So keep your hands and feet inside the boat, and lets get this review sailing!
The story opens with a young Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), vowing to his father, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), that he would find a way to free his father from his curse. Years pass and Henry is searching for the notorious pirate, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). What an entrance for Jack, as he and his few remaining crew members are prepared to steal a safe. Just think about the scene in one of the Fast and Furious movies when they drag a vault through the streets. However the pirates take the whole bank for a wild ride with Jack jumping on and off of it until there’s nothing left but the safe.
After Jack is left with nothing to show for this, and gets some help from the young Turner, they turn their focus to finding the trident of Poseidon with the help of Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario). Of course this wouldn't be a pirate adventure if Jack wasn’t being chased by other pirates. This time he’s being chased by an old foe, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and a new one, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). The audience knows all about Barbossa, but Salazar is an interesting pirate because he’s basically a zombie. His crew and himself wreck havoc on any other ships that get in their way. Salazar has a long standing score to settle with Jack, but has one weakness that keeps Jack alive.
One of the biggest reasons I enjoy this franchise is because of the pirate himself, Jack Sparrow. I believe Johnny Depp was born to play this role, and has done a terrific job in every movie. Jack is such a funny character filled with so much dumb luck. At one point he’s bouncing around in between two ships with dangers coming from every direction. Anyone else would be done for, but he lands in the perfect spot each time. Yes, he’s the hero and can’t die, but just the way things happen for him is so crazy. Being drunk half the time and having so many enemies, you would think he would’ve walked the plank a long time ago.
Overall, if audiences liked the previous movies, then they should like this one as well. There’s wild adventures on land like the safe stealing scene, and on the sea like the scene with some awesome zombie sharks. There’s plenty of familiar faces up to their old tricks, and the audience knows you can never trust the intentions of pirates. Young Turner and Carina become nice additions to the story, and of course it’s great to see Jack stumble his way around. With that, I give “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” 3 stars!
*There is an after credits scene*