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

This was another film I chose not to see in the cinema. This series hasn’t been any good since the second one nothing about this film seemed to be doing anything new. But I figured now it’s had its home release I figured I might as well watch it.

And as expected it’s not good. Once again the entire pirate world revolves around Jack Sparrow and the villains are just an amalgamation of the villains from the original trilogy. The two new leads are alright but because they have to share their main character status with Jack Sparrow they don’t get fleshed out enough as characters.


Speaking of Jack Sparrow the character has just become boring. He worked better when he was just this silly pirate who turned out to be smarter than he seemed. Now he’s just the most important person in the world and even Depp’s performance seems more like he’s doing an impression of Jack Sparrow, and it’s not a good one. There’s also this flashback sequence with a CGI young version of him that looks weird. And of course it’s just uncomfortable seeing Johnny Depp in anything after the abuse allegations.


I feel like this could have been a much better movie if they shifted the focus away from Jack Sparrow and allowed the new characters more time to shine. And since they’d still want to have a familiar face on the posters they could have expanded Barbossa’s role. I’d much rather watch a PotC movie about him than another one about how important Jack Sparrow is.


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