Dead men tell no tales takes Jack Sparrow, Henry Turner and Carina Smyth on an adventure of finding Poseidon’s trident, which has the capability of giving its bearer the full control of the sea. Henry is non-other than the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann(Kiera Knightley) from the ‘Curse of the Black Pearl’ trilogy. Henry wants this trident to break his father’s curse. But like all the other POTC movies, there is a villain who wants the same thing at the same time and also, wants to kill Jack Sparrow. And there is Barbossa because he has to be in all the movies.
A critic from Screencrush wrote, “Dead Men Tell No Tales is the sort of sequel that’s so bad it makes you retroactively wonder why you liked the original film so much in the first place.” I just watched it and felt the same. It is infused with all expected clique of the previous movies and they mixed it up to present before the audience hoping that we will like it. We liked it the first time, In 2003, when Curse of the Black Pearl came, everyone was in love with the character ‘Jack Sparrow’. It was a completely satisfying swashbuckler fun but it was also complete in itself. After looking at its success, they made two more. I won’t deny saying that I found them okay too as any production house might have done that and also, they were not quite bad. The trilogy was complete and they should’ve stopped there. But, then the graph took a nosedive.
On Stranger Tides was bad but this one is a mistake. It is so boringly repetitive that I lost interest during the climax. The jokes were not funny this time. It felt as if they asked Johnny Depp to do something ‘Jack Sparrowy’ and they recorded it. The character additions played by Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario were not convincing enough. Geoffery Rush’s Barbossa is now unbearable. Javier Bardem tried but you cannot save a sinking ship alone. They even tried to bring some characters from the initial movies back to send you into nostalgia but it is not going to work.
These thoughts about how much I disliked the movie came later. What came in my mind after coming out of the theater is that there were serious plotholes.
[SPOILER ALERT] Salazar and his crew had some connection with Jack’s compass. They came to attack mode after Jack gave it away. But as far as I can remember, Jack has lost it or given it away to someone a dozen of times in previous installments. Where was Salazar then?
It’s not like there is nothing to like, there are some moments to laugh. Also, visual effects are great. But the series has lost its touch. Maybe instead of heavily relying upon Jack Sparrow to make people laugh, they should focus more on what else can be done, what new horizons can be explored. I am telling this because they are planning to make another one. It is starting to feel like transformers, should’ve stopped after the first one, or after the trilogy. I will give it a 5 out of 10.