With ghostly villains and the cast’s next generation, the fifth installment of the franchise is getting largely negative reviews. The reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales are in — and they aren’t pretty.
In 2003, Disney launched a fictitious world built on a theme-park ride, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl earning positive reviews and as well as $654 million worldwide. The second and third installments also received praise, but the series took a turn with the fourth installment, giving an impetus for a new direction for the upcoming fifth film.
In the latest movie- Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, Disney attempted to reinvigorate the series by bringing back not only Johnny Depp, but also Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush together with series new faces, namely Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario.
In the pic, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) finds himself on the run again from a cursed set of pirates, Captain Armando Salazar (Bardem) and his crew. This time around, he is followed by a new generation of pirates, Carina Smyth (Scodelario) and Henry Turner (Thwaites) to retrieve the Trident of Poseidon and break Henry’s father Will’s (Bloom) curse of Davy Jones’ ship.
However, even with the comeback of Captain Jack, The Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore saw Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales movie doesn’t live up to the original Pirates. He claimed in his review that “a very high bar was set the first go-round” with the original Pirates film. With a storyline that finds the son of Bloom and Keira Knightley’s characters pairing up with an orphan, “you might well call it Pirates: The Next Generation.”
Continued DeFore: “But different from the Star Trek saga-extender, this one is nowhere near bold enough to believe it can dispense with its aging main man: Johnny Depp‘s comically louche Keith Richards-meets-Hunter Thompson pirate Jack Sparrow, the internationally recognized caricature who by now feels (appropriately) more like a theme-park mascot than a Hollywood swashbuckler.”
The new film’s plot, based on yet another curse-themed journey at sea, also earned mixed response from critics.
Mike McCahill of The Guardian found the film lacked “new ideas” and the “cracks in the hull become unignorable.”
He added: “Orlando Bloom has begged for reduced participation, handing his sextant to on-screen son Brenton Thwaites; Skins alumna Kaya Scodelario earns Keira Knightley’s corsets. The series, to be better explained, has entered its Muppet Babies or Scrappy-Doo phase, with all the pop-cultural heft that hints.”
Jack Shepard of The Independent wrote in a 2/5-star review that the movie doesn’t manage to make an impression: “Sadly, like Salazar’s ship, the fifth Pirates entry feels a bit empty, haunted by the specter of what came before. There are hilarious, inconsequential moments but nothing particularly worth remembered, the movie running out of steam midway through as the aforementioned flashbacks roll in.”
Forbes’ Scott Mendelson said that the new story didn’t distinct itself much from the original, but he did find some things worth applauded.
“No, the world didn’t need a fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales doesn’t quite match the triumphantly gonzo original trilogy. Yet it still makes its mark as a grounded journey, or as grounded as an abnormal pirate film can be,” wrote Mendelson. “If this is the start of a new series, it is a step in the right direction. If it indeed serves as a series finale as claimed, then the series can exit stage leaving with proud. Best of all, this fifth adventure offering allows audiences to forget that On Stranger Tides ever occurred.”
The ghostly villains and haunted ship appeared to work for Brian Truitt of USA Today, who had praise for the movie in a 3/4-star review. “The most crucial thing learnt from the new Pirates of the Caribbean? Ghost sharks should have been added a long, long time ago.”
He added: “After three movies of diminishing quality and a wholly forgettable fourth chapter, Disney’s buccaneer-filled franchise rights the ship.”