Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales

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Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth adventure of Captain Jack Sparrow and company.  The last entry in the franchise On Stranger Tides was easily the worst of the series and DMTNT is better is but is still plagued by the same flaws that have brought down much of the franchise.

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There has really only been one outstanding movie and that is the first and original: Curse of the Black Pearl.  This film really struggles to find its footing for the first half at least.  It isn’t until our female lead stumbles across Barbossa that the film finds itself and our emotional appeal is finally revealed and you start to care more about the characters.  But it still isn’t enough to erase all of the irrelevant things that happen before it.  I was also particularly excited about Javier Bardem’s villain character in this film but I left feeling disappointed.  He was very dull and lifeless. (get it? because he’s a dead guy)

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All in all this was an unnecessary 5th entry in a film series that probably should’ve ended after one or two.  If anything this one does wrap up the series a lot better than On Stranger Tides did.

 

Grade: 5/10

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