Sandy Kenyon review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'

This Friday, Walt Disney Pictures invites audiences to return to the world of Pirates of the Caribbean with the franchise's fifth big screen installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales! And a post-credits stinger scene tacked onto the new film hints that "Dead Men Tell No Tales" may not be the "final adventure" after all, as trailers once promised.

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. All of them are set against yet another undead sea captain and his cursed supernatural crew-this time, sadistic Spanish sailor Salazar (Javier Bardem, suitably nasty).

I liked the first Pirates of the Caribbean film when it first came out in 2003.

The spawn of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) goes on a mission to free his father of his curse, enlisting Sparrow of course. "The scene starts with him singing a song, and at the very end of the day, we needed to do a wild take to just record him singing", Rønning said. The other accursed soul belongs to Captain Salazar, a Beetlejuice-like wraith trapped in something called the Devil's Triangle. With Will still chained to the Flying Dutchman, Henry strives to find the Trident with the help of the ever-soused Captain Jack (Johnny Depp, natch) as well as Carina (Kaya Scodelario), a mysterious young woman with an astronomical key to unlocking the Trident's whereabouts.

Henry and Carina enlist a reluctant Jack into helping them find the trident while they engage in the sort of science-vs. -superstition banter we haven't heard since "The X Files" first aired.

Depp, who's had a tough year in the headlines thanks to an acrimonious divorce from wife Amber Heard, as well as claims and counter claims about his behavior and lavish lifestyle, sat out media interviews for the film in Los Angeles.

"But I really was having the best time watching him do what he does". Bardem's villain is suffocated by excessive CGI, but Rush's Barbossa remains entertaining and Scodelario energises a progressive character who's no bland Disney princess, and even the most bloated moments are anchored by Depp's winningly shifty Sparrow.

  • Salvatore Jensen