Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

The fifth, and at the moment final, installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. Once again we join Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) on a adventure facing off against someone else that he’s upset in his long and storied history as a pirate.

I didn’t like the fourth film at all, it just wasn’t my cup of tea in the slightest so it took me a while to want to watch this one but I have to say I enjoyed this one more then I did most of the others. In fact it might be my second favourite after the first.

In this film Sparrow is after the Trident of Poseidon. Why is this so important? For Sparrow its just another crazy adventure but for Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) its a away to save his father from his curse, Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) a way to rid him of his curse that Sparrow put him under, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) to prove that she deserves her place in the academic world with men and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) because why the hell not?

It had everything that you’d expect from the franchise. High sea adventure, the most beautiful backdrop you could wish for, sword fights, cursed pirates and Jack Sparrow stumbling through life making little to no sense. There was even a love story between Carina and Henry which apparently is always needed in these films because the action and comedy are never enough.

Out of the whole series though this is the one was probably the scariest, Salazar and his ghostly Spanish pirate hunters were actually really scary and their introduction was extremely bloody. Whilst they weren’t as fun as Barbossa, sad as Davy Jones or boring as Black Beard and their story was pretty straight forward they didn’t need anything else because they would terrify children and were just evil. They weren’t pirates doing pirate things or even cursed people doing what they have to do, they were just people who liked to kill and show no mercy.

Barbossa’s sub story of having a child was actually perfect. The fact that he died to save her after she realised that he was her father was just the way you’d guess Barbossa would go. Whilst his fears of her not caring for him because of who he is was wrong you can’t blame him for not wanting to know that her father who she was doing all this for was just a dirty pirate who gave her up because he knew he couldn’t look after her when her mother died. He was just a pirate not a bad guy and it was really heartbreaking to see the old man fall to his death.

For me it was one of the better movies but I don’t really want to see another even if it doesn’t have Jack in it or focuses on the Turners. I just don’t really want to see another one. This for me was the perfect ending.


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