Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a movie review

A movie review by: Lee Sonogan

(2017) 2h9min/Action, adventure, fantasy


 Gibbs: Face it Jack, bad luck dogs you day and night.

Captain Jack Sparrow: That is a blatant fabrication!

[Bird poop lands on Jack’s shoulder]

 This new movie of the franchise is about Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew. With a budget of $230 million, the movie made over $793 million at the box office. This movie stars Johnny Deep, Jarvier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush.

Although this movie was initially claimed to be the last one in the series, a sixth installment was announced after its release. In several countries, the film is set to be released as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, including English-speaking countries. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is the nineth highest grossing franchise ever.

The film was being produced as Johnny Depp was going through a bitter divorce from his wife Amber Heard. He was chronically late to the set, to the point where it ate into the schedule as the set often came to a halt for hours at a time. It got to the point where a production assistant was hired just to wait outside Depp’s house and announce that he was awake when they saw the lights inside come on.

This is the shortest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, being only 2 hours and 9 minutes long. For the first time in the franchise since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  in 2003 which he co-wrote with Klaus Badelt. Hans Zimmer is not composing the music for the film. Instead, one of his protégés, Geoff Zanelli, who worked on all previous four installments in the franchise, is the main composer for the film.

Spoiler alert but someone dies for good in this movie. Watching all the other pirates of the Caribbean movies, I checked out the newest one. You get what you want with Jack Sparrow and the more established actors. The other new actors are young and do not make it as epic as it could be. Saying that, there’s good imagery and action scenes. The ending brings two characters from past movies back to each other. I recommend this movie to fan of the series and new people as the film stands out from the other Pirate films.


Captain Jack Sparrow: Aah! Monkey!

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