Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is again being hunted. While Henry, the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom,) wants pirate outlaw Sparrow to help him find Poseidon’s Trident and remove a curse from his father, Salazar (Javier Bardem) seeks revenge. A pirate hunter turned angry ghost by Sparrow’s trickery, Salazar teams with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to snare Sparrow.
RATED: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rated M for supernatural themes and violence
AUDIENCE: If you have stuck with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise this far, you might be willing to set sail for the fifth time. Everyone else won’t set foot aboard this leaky sequel.
WHAT’S GOOD: Dead Men Tell No Tales was filmed in Queensland, and it’s good to see Australian beaches and waters getting the blockbuster treatment. Sadly, there’s not too much else to report when it comes to the positive parts of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film. Some of the special effects are eye-opening and young Australian star Brenton Thwaites fares pretty well as Orlando Bloom’s replacement. That’s about it.
WHAT’S NOT: Most of the Pirates sequels have been disappointing or forgettable but 3D dud Dead Men Tell No Tales is a shipwreck. Reheating the usual elements but only serving them as lukewarm and pointless, the latest Pirates voyage is dour, drab and painfully low on laughs or fun. Getting Oscar-winning Javier Bardem aboard is a bit of a coup but his presence, as pirate hunter Salazar, is one of many soggy characters or storylines which barely tread water. Like this sequel overall, Depp’s latest outing as Sparrow is on auto-pilot; he hardly seems bothered with being anywhere near this movie.
SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: The surface is sometimes broken by flickers of depth or insight. There is a repeated refrain in Dead Men Tell No Tales of science vs. supernatural belief, suggesting that people might accept something they don’t understand if they trust the person telling them about it. There’s something in that equation to ponder, particularly if you are a person who longs to share their faith in Jesus Christ – but don’t know how to get passed people’s scepticism or science-based arguments. Oh, and Pirates also And the whole shebang has the morally challenging set-up of bad guys – pirates – being the good guys… as a good guy – pirate hunter Salazar– is made to look bad for being merciless.
RELEASE DATE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now showing