Jack Sparrow, Will Turner’s son and a really smart lady together with a host of other pirates embark on an adventure to find the trident of Poseidon due to various personal reasons. All the while being chased by the British authorities and the movie’s main villain, Captain Salazar and his crew of… ghosts? or some form of supernatural entities.
First things first, I am really confused about the title of this film? I’ve found a lot of major marketing campaigns marketing it as Dead Men Tell No Tales but the title in the film itself is Salazar’s Revenge? God damn movie make up your mind.
In my opinion, this film is way too long and relies a lot on the audience’s nostalgia for the franchise to entertain the audience. It is a draggy, rickety, “Dying Gull”*nudge nudge wink wink* of a film. It takes way too long to start going, taking its own sweet meandering time to slowly introduce its numerous new characters and some of them do not even make much impact on the film eventually. Once it does get going, however, the film is constantly bogged down by various subplots which were really not necessary in this 2 1/2 hour film and some moments felt like they were done just so the film could squeeze some extra jokes in. Not only that, when the film finally does get exciting and tense, it ends all too soon and simply left me unsatisfied as the credits rolled.
The standout performances in this film are of course Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, and Geoffrey Rush. I feel like Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in this film is kind of disappointing though it’s more of the script’s fault rather than Depp’s acting ability. Sparrow really seems like a shadow of his formal self and in the past when it seemed like he was messing around, he always had some kind of witty scheme going on which would reveal itself in his moment of need and turn the tables in his favor. Sparrow in this film, however, seems to be actually messing around without having any plan whatsoever and most of his victories are simply blundered into. What the hell happened to witty Jack??? Come on man. Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar is fine as the one-dimensional villain and does the best he can with the script he’s been given. However, he has played much better antagonists in other films like Skyfall or no country for old men. Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa is actually my favorite character in the film surprisingly even though he never particularly appealed to me in any of the previous films. This is mostly due to his character arc in this film and a few emotional moments the script affords him. Unfortunately, the myriad of new characters was kind of forgettable and if the franchise was hoping to continue with them as the next generation I do not quite see it happening based on this film.
The musical score is excellent as it is mostly using the main theme from the franchise and it is kind of a metaphor for the movie itself, constantly reveling in its past glory without bringing anything new and fresh to the table. Ultimately, I feel like this franchise has gone on a bit too long and am fine with this being its last film. If you are a big fan of the Pirates franchise you might enjoy this movie somewhat but I feel like there are better movies out there currently.