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Review: 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Is One Very Shiny Treasure

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For over a decade, Jack Sparrow and his fellowship of hooligans have conquered our seas and after six years of cinematic silence, our favorite pirate is finally back. Dead Men Tell No Tales is oh so very good. The Pirates franchise has had its ups and downs, but Tell No Tales doesn’t disappoint, from beginning to end. Sure some plot points are easily predictable, but from its surface to its core, Dead Men Tell No Tales is pure Pirates of the Caribbean.


Whether you fell in love with Pirates from its first iteration, The Curse of the Black Pearl, or sadly left the drunken franchise after the third outing, At World’s End, this fifth installment will enchant you once more or resurrect those dead spirits.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales begins with a young Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and his personal mission to save his dad from the Flying Dutchman’s curse. We later meet our brand new heroine, Carina Smyth (Caya Scodelario), whose dealings with astronomy have branded her the title of witch. Our drunk, semi-honorable protagonist, Jack Sparrow, makes his first appearance in the movie napping within an impenetrable bank vault. To how he got in there in the first place deserves a movie of its own but it is from here on out that the thrill ride begins. All three heroes, and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), converge when Sparrow and Smyth are about to be executed, sprawling the adventure we all paid twelve bucks to see.


What is it they all want?


Poseidon’s trident, the breaker of all curses.


The stakes are raised when another dead pirate with a vengeance wants Sparrow’s head; his name is Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). The Spanish captain became undead after a violent skirmish with a young Jack Sparrow. (An incredible use of CGI by the way.) All comes to a close with a twist, a rather predictable resolution, but one that pays homage to the film that started it all.


Indeed, the boy Turner and Smyth end up living happily ever after and joining them in their quest for ever-lasting love are none other than Will and Elizabeth Turner (Keira Knightley). A truly poetic end to an amazing franchise.


In Dead Men Tell No Tales there is a fun and engaging story within the moving canvas. A story of love, purpose, family and rum. This is a movie that will make you laugh and perhaps even cry. This is the Pirates of the Caribbean movie that will make you watch all previous films back to back. With Tell No Tales we have the perfect farewell to characters of the past while also a genuine welcoming to the new faces of this pirates journey.


When will we see the Pirates of the Caribbean again? Only Disney knows.


Did you enjoy Dead Men Tell No Tales? Let me know in the comments below!


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