The Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales
Disney hosted me and a guest to preview this movie. All opinions in my “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review” are my own. All photos ©Disney.
The film begins, with Harry Turner played by Brenton Thwaites, visiting his father Will Turner played by Orlando Bloom. As some may remember the father is under a curse at the bottom of the sea on a sunken ship. He vows to break the curse by finding the Trident of Poseidon. Before rising above the sea, the boy’s father advises him to find Jack Sparrow. Fast forward nine years, you are in the present day, as Captain Jack and his pirate crew, are robbing a bank in St. Martin. This all plays out with a comical massive action scene. We then meet Carina a quick-witted astrologist played by Kaya Scodelario, who is believed to be a witch. She is seeking answers from the stars out of a book given to her by her father before leaving her at an orphanage. She meets Harry who is in the hospital after the crew on his ship were all killed by Salazar. Harry was the only man to live to “Tell the Tale”.
This is where the tales takes off as we have Harry on a quest to save his father from his curse. Carina on a quest written in a book by a father she never knew. Salazar and his crew on a quest to kill Jack Sparrow, along with the Royal Navy. And the silly, always drunk Jack Sparrow, who always has his own motivation.
The animation and special effects are astounding. We have Salazar played by Javier Bardem, portrayed as if he were still underwater, hair floating in mid-air, he is terrifying. His crew is made up of the supernatural ghosts, most of them are not even half there. There is a scene where undead sharks unleashed by Salazar and his crew to attached Jack and Harry in a small boat that offered a scary moment in the film. There are plenty pirate ship chases and battles. The Black Pearl is finally brought out of his tiny bottle and made into Life Size for the final battle.
The writer did a fantastic job bringing back familiar faces and cast from the four previous films. Hector Barbousa, and his cute monkey return to assist Sparrow, Henry and Carina, with a heartfelt twist that will leave you feeling full of emotions. There is even a guest appearance from Paul McCartney as a pirate. This tale literally has everything exploding all around you. This is by far my favorite of any Pirates film to date.