Pirates of the Caribbean Movies Will NOT Continue Without Johnny Depp

There's a lot of business about the trident and a compass and unreadable maps and curses, but Dead Men Tell No Tales - as with other Pirates installments before it - might ultimately wind up feeling repetitive, the swashbuckling feeling like more of the same.

There's really only one pirate that truly matters in Pirates of the Caribbean. There are a fair number of fans who thought Depp's Captain Jack schtick started to wear thin around the third film - and definitely so in the fourth. However, this chapter is the second most entertaining of all sequels.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, from ABC News' parent company Disney, hits theaters nationwide tomorrow.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (or Salazar's Revenge in some countries) opens internationally today. Before they part ways, though, Henry promises to find the trident of Poseidon, to free his father from the curse.

And then there is Depp, whose cartoonish portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow has become a caricature of a caricature, mincing and slurring through each scene, drunker and wearing thicker eyeliner than ever.

On his journey, nearly a decade later, Henry is joined by a woman named Carina (Kaya Scodelario) who loves astronomy and is sure to remind us that she loves astronomy every chance she gets. The problem is, ghostly sailor Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) is on Sparrow's tail, threatening both the mission and lives of everyone involved. Thanks to a little help from Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Sparrow is back in Captain Salazar's vengeful sights.

"I was very reluctant because obviously, you want to keep that normalcy and that dynamic, and I didn't want him to know what dad did for a while", he said.

To be honest, I just came out of watching Dead Men Tell No Tales, and it feels that Johnny Depp has grown exhausted of the character. Without giving too much away, the new movie closes on a note that actually would be a rather satisfying way to end the franchise after its extended vacation. Well, the news isn't all bad, I suppose: English actress Kaya Scodelario, an ornament of the "Maze Runner" films, here lends her tilted smile and twinkly spirit to a colorless love story undeserving of her lively presence. You'll enjoy the late effort to tie "Dead Men Tell No Tales" into the franchise's greater story, and hope the post-credits bonus scene is really a hint at yet another film.

  • Salvatore Jensen