Dead Men Tell No Tales

Captain Jack is back and so is the prosperous pirate "Barbosa", but it's definitely Johnny Depp who floats this particular boat, with a leer and a laugh. The first Pirates of the Caribbean film movie was released in 2003 and struck gold at the box office. Many stories run parallel, including those introducing franchise newbies (Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, both passable) and those sustaining old enemies Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also known as Pirates of Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge.

What's your favorite bit of pirate slang? The fifth instalment to the hit Disney pirate franchise sees some of the most beloved characters on the big screen once again.

Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers.

Hallelujah, Jack Sparrow's trusty Black Pearl swings into action after an interminable delay; three cheers for courageous Capt. Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, endearing) who is also looking for treasure but finds something infinitely better.

Three sequels followed, and now the saga is being continued with Salazar's Revenge.

It's somewhat unexpected then that the fifth movie is reminiscent of the original, so if you've not quite been able to let go of Captain Jack Sparrow you'll be pleased to know it's been worth holding on. Keira Knightley's absence is noticeable here with only a brief cameo making you wish she had joined her son on the quest to save Will. Crew-less and broke, Jack's situation declines further when he learns one of his greatest foes, the evil Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) is coming for him. "At the end of the day you're like, take me out of here". Don't believe it - Rønning and Sandberg are already tapped to direct Episode 6. But music alone can not save a franchise, certainly not this one.

I mean, sure, I guess he's unique, but I'm not sure how many people would consider Jack Sparrow endearing at this point (especially considering Depp's off-camera troubles).

  • Salvatore Jensen