The Disney biggie is finally coming to worldwide theatres this weekend! Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
The reviews are pouring in…so is the adventure film worth your wait (and money)?! Have a look:
1. After this fifth episode, you’ll wish Disney would just declare the franchise dead and tell no more tales. – Associated Press (Thumbs Down)
2. The most divertingly enjoyable since the first. A professionally crafted brew of action, slapstick and supernatural mumbo-jumbo, it’s less likely to spur timepiece glances than did the last few bloated installments. – TheWrap (Thumbs Up)
3. Five films in, Pirates still leaves you feeling a lot like the Magic Kingdom ride it’s so famously inspired by: alternately thrilled, exhausted, and seriously regretting that last funnel cake. – Entertainment Weekly (Thumbs Up)
4. Poor chemistry between Thwaites and Scodelario also dampens the affair, leaving Depp with too much to do. – Independent [UK] (Thumbs Down)
5. Maybe it’s nostalgia or the fact that nautical adventures remain far less common in the multiplex than superhero fare, but the series’ central charm is precious cargo whose returns have yet to entirely diminish. – indiewire (Thumbs Up)
6. Setting a mercifully brisk pace for the often long winded adventures, the story reaches a safe berth in a little over two hours. – Daily Mirror (Thumbs Up)
7. Not the return to form you might have been hoping for. Its story might cover all the same beats as the 2003 original, but there’s little of that film’s spark or spirit. – Empire (Thumbs Down)
8. A mostly fun partial reset, but this series needs to slip its moorings and make for new horizons. – Daily Telegraph (Thumbs Up)
9. Dead Men Tell No Tales moves at a faster rate of knots than any Pirates film; trouble is, nothing has really been added. It’s the same soggy ride, set to a marginally preferable speed. – Guardian (Thumbs Down)
10. Depp remains wholeheartedly the focus of this fifth Pirates film, and saying the character’s loopy novelty has faded is like complaining that there are maggots in the below-decks gruel: You knew what you were getting when you came aboard. – Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Down)
11. The franchise has lost a bit of its luster with every successive installment, but never has a “Pirates” film felt this inessential, this depressingly pro forma. – Variety (Thumbs Down)
Mixed reviews for the new Pirate installment with praise for Johnny Depp nevertheless. Will this one match the success of the predecessor?!