Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean has returned, but this time “Dead Men Tell No Tales”. Jack Sparrow and his gang of pirates are back at sea, but when an old nemesis seeks revenge, Jack Sparrow has to think on his feet.

Asked by Disney to stay silent & wait until today  to post my review. I spent Thursday 18th May 2017 holding in my views, desperate to share with my readers.

Building its own story these dead pirates take over the sea, killing all who get in their way. However, one pirate in particular has been causing trouble and his name is Jack Sparrow! 

The film begins with a bit of a nostalgic feel. The new addition, taking the lead from Orlando Bloom, Henry (played by Brenton Thwaites) locates his father, (Orlando Bloom) who is still trapped on the Flying Dutchmen. Henry travels with his father to explain the key to his freedom and how to lift the curse. By finding the Trident of Poseidon, the Davy Jones’s curse can be broken for good. A doubtful Turner, sends his son away, telling him to no longer return.

A rather confusing story with a number of subplots, villian Salazar who is rather bizarre, appears in CGI form. The number of subplots, including the poor love storyline is hard to follow and gets lost in the midst of everything else that’s occurring especially as he is the one who is seeking revenge, the attention wasn’t always on him as the villian. 

Shot heavily with CGI and special effects, this movie felt cheaply made, with some  scenes looking fake. In comparison to the first Pirates movie we miss the beautiful realistic views. At times the CGI was far too much and very noticeable with a young Jack sparrow making an appearance, and his face looking a like a snapchat filter. 

 The relationship between Bloom and Thwaites wasn’t convincing, they felt like friends or maybe brothers, but far from father and son. When Thwaites character Henry grew up, Orlando looked exactly the same, he had not aged, again making it a little unbelievable.

If you are a fan of the franchise you may enjoy this movie. Whilst the plot line was a little thin the jokes are well placed and some of the characters work well together. You get to have some fun with Sparrow and his crew, however, it felt as though the majority of the work was on Johnny Depp.

Whilst it was a great attempt by Disney it just wasn’t all there. It time to get it a rest! 

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