Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 8.5/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Joachim Rønning

Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem

Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Writers: Jeff Nathanson, Jeff Nathanson, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Angus Barnett, Martin Klebba, Adam Brown, Giles New, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow
Javier Bardem - Captain Salazar
Geoffrey Rush - Captain Hector Barbossa
Brenton Thwaites - Henry Turner
Kaya Scodelario - Carina Smyth
Kevin McNally - Gibbs
Golshifteh Farahani - Shansa
David Wenham - Scarfield
Stephen Graham - Scrum
Angus Barnett - Mullroy
Martin Klebba - Marty
Adam Brown - Cremble
Giles New - Murtogg
Orlando Bloom - Will Turner
Keira Knightley - Elizabeth Swann


Official Website: Official Movie Facebook Page | Official Site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Village Roadshow Studios, Oxenford, Queensland, Australia

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

Like many of you, I was a huge fan of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. Johnny Depp was brilliant and Gore Verbinski's swashbuckling tale was both a good homage to the classic Disneyland ride while also being just a kick-ass film. While the first two sequels are held in low esteem by most filmgoers, I think they are better than many people remember. Sure, they have convoluted plots, but the action set pieces are fun, and I still enjoy the characters and world-building. However, the fourth Pirates movie, which was more of a spin-off focusing on Captain Jack Sparrow rather than a proper continuation, was not good by anyone's estimation. With that out of the way, here's my spoiler free reaction to the fifth movie. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a pleasant surprise. Even though none of us were asking for another Pirates movie, I think most fans of the franchise will be happy we got this one.

What makes this new Pirates movie good is that they went back to the roots of the series and concentrate on the characters we love and their legacies. The main villain's story is intimately tied to Captain Jack Sparrow's past and the central MacGuffin that everyone is chasing has very personal stakes for the characters involved. The result is a more heartfelt adventure that you actually care about.

I can't say yet where I'd rank it in the series, but it's a much better film than the last installment and has many improvements over the first two sequels in the original trilogy. If I have one complaint, it is that I miss Gore Verbinski's over-the-top action sequences. Don't get me wrong, the action from newcomers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg is solid, but it's different than the original trilogy. This one has a fun, elaborate opening set piece, but it never quite manages to top it.

Dead Men Tell No Tales doesn't worry about building a trilogy of films (there is no cliffhanger) and takes the time to tell its own story on its own terms. The story is easy to follow (which is saying something for this series), the action isn't confusing, and the situations are often fun and funny. You can't say any of that about the previous sequel. Series newcomer Kaya Scodelario is a stand-out, and Javier Bardem does a fine job as the film's villain.


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