“Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Another Swashbuckling Success!

Elizabeth Cox

Staff Writer

On May 20th, Walt Disney Studios released the much anticipated fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean, titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, has already grossed $501.2 million worldwide as of June 4th and ranked No. 1 at the box office during Memorial Day weekend.

Disney did not disappoint audiences with Dead Men Tell No Tales. As always, Captain Jack Sparrow is in deep trouble with someone and needs to somehow escape his predicament, usually doing so with sword fighting shenanigans. As always, comical getaways ensue.

However, unlike other films in the series, this installment focuses on the development of new and old characters. Dead Men Tell No Tales weaves together the stories of the main characters beautifully and gives audiences a deeper understanding of the individuals, the best stories being that of Captain Hector Barbosa, a character who is usually only seen as a generally evil-natured foe to Jack.

Much of the previous cast made it in to the new film. However, while Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan do make an appearance, audiences expecting the duo to play a major role in the film will be sorely disappointed as the two are only minor characters in the overall plot of the film.

Alongside a great plot, humor, and choreography, Dead Men Tell No Tales boasts a phenomenal sound track as well. The compositions created for the film resemble those of the other films and blend in seamlessly. Geoff Zanelli’s work mimics that of Hans Zimmer so well that most will not notice that the fifth movie’s soundtrack was not a work of Zimmer’s until the end credits. The scores set the tone for each scene so well, that one can feel the dread, sorrow, or excitement of the characters and moment, even with their eyes shut tight!

While a majority of the film was fantastic, there were some questionable decisions made by characters that could make one feel as if the screenwriters just added for an emotional jab. A minor plot hole existed as well, which frustrated me toward the end of the film and made me question how Disney did not notice it.

Even with these minor issues, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales is a great film full of fun adventure, comedy, love, mystery, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more! You will want to see this one more than once on the big screen!


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