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


Bailee Waid, Social Media Editor

Released on May 26, 2017, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” marks the possible ending to the Caribbean-pirates’ tale — and is that so bad?


Of course, with Disney managing the franchise, the series is unlikely to end. Why would it when the billion-dollar company made 78 million dollars off the movie in the box office in the U.S. alone?


Although nagged on for the fifth movie, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be.


Reading reviews on the movie gave me little hope for a good experience.


The New York Times stated in their review that “The plot twists, Easter eggs and surprises are either obvious or labored. You can’t spoil something that’s already thoroughly rotten.”


However, in the past, reviews on this franchise have never been positive.


Although over two hours long, the time did go by quickly, contrary to what New York Times claimed in their review.


The start of the movie sets the stage when a young boy named Henry seeks to break the curse of his father, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), who is bound forever to a ship at the bottom on the sea.


For those who have watched the previous movies, this gave the audience a moment to reminisce on the once-Will Turner.


Young Henry (portrayed by Brenton Thwaites)  is next seen years later working as a slave on a British ship. So familiar with the sea that has his father trapped, he warns the captain that the enemy ship is leading them directly into “Devils Triangle.”


The captain laughs in his face at such a folklore. After being thrown into jail on the ship, they continue to sail right into the cave


The ship, as Henry warned, was tore down into the sea, but before this, zombie-like creature board the ship and kill all the crew. A half-dead Captain Salazar (actor Javier Bardem) tells the boy “Find Jack Sparrow for me and relay a message, from Captain Salazar. Tell him: death will come straight for him. Will you say that to him, please?”


Salazar left him to live to tell the tale of the “Devil’s Triangle” because “Dead men tell no tales.”


Henry began his search for Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) who would help him relieve the curse on his father. In Henry’s eyes, Sparrow was a mythical pirate who conquered the sea; he was very disappointed to meet the true Capt. Jack. 


All the while, orphaned Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) sets out to find the treasure that her father left her. However, she can’t do it alone.


Within the first few scenes, the beloved, thieving, drunken pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow was introduced. He, too, like Henry and Carina need something — he needs money to earn back his crew.


Eventually, the three characters meet and with the help of each other, they set sail. But not with ease — undead Salazar awaits at seas for Capt. Jack.


I disagree with the New York Times, ahem a newspaper not to mention, with their statement on labored or too-easy Easter eggs and surprises. Although the “Pirates” franchise has carried on, it’s not a bad movie.


The ending plot twist for Carina Smyth was something very unexpected and even touching. It put all the puzzle pieces that didn’t make sense before together.


The ending scene brought together Henry with his dad, who got to once again see his wife.


A new young romance brews with Carina and Henry who also come together and kiss.


Before the screen fades out, Capt. Jack and his crew are seen sailing out into the sunset as Jack tells his crew that they will be following the wind.


For those who stayed until after the credits, there was a tease scene of two characters sleeping in a bed being overlooked by a past antagonist.