Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Directed by: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
By Tristan Sherlock
We can all rejoice because, yes, Dead Men Tell No Tales was far better than its predecessor, On Stranger Tides.
Dead Men Tell No Tales revives what was so well received about the first few instalments. It’s fast-paced, action packed, unpredictable and funny.
Dead Men Tell No Tales even comes with its own twist; unlike any of its predecessors it doesn’t seem never-ending. The film manages to pace itself quite well and, to top it all off, it gives us enough interest to keep us entertained.
It’s quite clear from the beginning that the first film in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, Curse of the Black Pearl was heavily cited. However, the film manages to sway away from using the exact same formula and, in the process, becomes its own.
Unfortunately, however from here on out everything borderlines average. The new cast of characters, such as Will and Elizabeth’s son, and Kayla Scodelario are only so interesting, the potential was there it just wasn’t met.
The return of the old crew didn’t dampen the film. They were quite entertaining and made for some great amusement but there was no real development, a lot of their screen time seemed somewhat unnecessary.
By far the best aspect of the film was how every character was upstaged by Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp. It’s obvious that Depp’s character has grown a lot throughout the four other films. So much so, that any more growth would seem out of character. In saying that, the film focuses far less on Jack than other films.
The only real downfall of Dead Men Tell No Tales was as it neared the end it got more and more obvious that this film was not meant to be the final instalment. We get a very choppy ending. We lose some beloved characters, gain some back but none of it seems realistic. It all seemed very forced. All in all however, if you are a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean or even just want to see a decent enjoyable film Dead Men Tell No Tales would make a great choice.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale out in cinemas May 25th