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Tuesday 11 June 2024
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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean ~ Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the 5th in its series and finally brings a lot of closure to what we’ve been wondering about. Capt. Jack Sparrow’s start as a pirate is revealed, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan return, and many curses of the Sea are broken.


Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is about what I expected – entertaining, easy-to-follow storyline, and good imagery. I’ll always be a fan of the 1st Pirates of the Caribbean film – nothing can top that, but this 5th film in its series does bring some closure to many open-ended scenarios. Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) return, which ties everything together. Hector Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) also returns and brings a twist to the story. Captain Salazar and his crew bring the main storyline to the movie – the graphics aiding his “look” are phenomenal! All-in-all an enjoyable movie, slightly felt long, but overall very entertaining.

The Kid Factor

Not for kids under age 12. The graphics of Salazar and his crew, while excellent, will likely be too freaky for the younglings. Viewers see sword fights, killings, cannons firing, cursing & drinking (they’re pirates after all!) and lots of dark imagery. Take the PG-13 rating to heart and use parental discretion.

Stay After the Credits?

Of course! There is a final scene which alludes to the fact that a 6th Pirates of the Caribbean film is coming. What?! We don’t know this for sure, but if Disney feels they can continue to milk this franchise – why not? Something seems to be brewing… we’ll see if it comes to fruition.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary, advanced screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions express are my own.

Terri is owner, creator and an author for WDW Hints. She enjoys taking less-traveled paths of WDW and sharing her lesser-known discoveries with you!