The fifth installment of the pirate franchise is known as Pirate of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales, and go along with the franchise, the moral of the movie is dead.
The first movie of the franchise was an unexpected success. As is customary, the sequel was a pale imitation, and the third installment of the presumed trilogy went a bit trippy. The trilogy would have been good enough, but money makes people do silly things. The wildly unnecessary fourth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides killed the impression of audiences toward the franchise. At least, On Stranger Tides had the decency to be a standalone movie, in a meanwhile Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales is the most pernicious of cinematic gambits knowing as soft reboot.
Jack Sparrow returns as a species of tired and vaguely embarrassing drag act. Since his co-stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom abandoned the franchise after the initial trilogy, Jack is get a new pair of pretty, mutually attracted protagonists: Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), a young adventurer who is the son of Bloom’s and Knightley’s characters, and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), an astrologer and horologist. Inheriting the superficial villain role from Davy Jones is the villainous undead pirate hunter Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem). There’s no surprise to see Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) again as he is one of the hard-to-die character of the series. Bloom and Knightley have a cameo role in this movie, and we see them in the very start and end of the movie.
It’s easy to understand why Bloom and Knightley just return for a cameo role in this movie. For Bloom, his career seems to consist largely of retconning characters from the period when some mistakenly thought he was a plausible leading man, into projects released at a point when we all know he’s not. As Knightley’s reason to not return, she clearly has better things to do than waste time in this franchise.
According to the plot of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales, per the norm, there is a mystic artifact, Trident of Poseidon, possesses a power to break all of the sea-curses. In the adventure seeking for the trident, we’re going to see plots and betrayals, piratical zombies and sea monsters and a ghost ship, and much bouncing around from vessel to vessel.
Even with new elements introduced to the franchise, they are the stalest chestnuts in the cupboard. Jack Sparrow is given an entirely gratuitous origin story, so that he can be cinematically de-aged. Depp slurs and sways his way through Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales as usual, but reports of his erratic behavior on set cast the performance in a somewhat different light this time around. At one point, he introduces himself with boozy extravagance as “the great Captain Jack Sparrow,” his audience’s palpable disappointment feels as though it accrues as much to Depp himself as to the character he is playing. Meanwhile, newcomers Thwaites and Scodelario possess a small fraction of the shimmer supplied by Bloom and Knightley before them.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales all adds up to a dreary, dispiriting voyage. During the finale, Salazar makes a final, mortal approach, he bellows, “This is where the tale ends!” Please, let it be so.