Jumping back into the wild ride of Jack Sparrow and the many man who are after him, Dead Men Tell No Tales is a fabulous family movie! I’m giving it an A.
Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan married by a captain while battling on the high seas, find themselves separated for years at a time as Will serves his duty on a cursed ship. The latest Pirates movie focuses on their son, Henry, who has studied all sea lore in order to make a visit with his father.
The trident of Poseidon can take control of the seas and end the curse of his father. Henry sets out to find the trident with the help of an educated woman, Carina, who is seeking the trident for her own purposes. Throw in Jack Sparrow who seems to be the most unlucky of pirates these days and an evil Spaniard ghost (played by Javier Bardem) bent on revenge and you have a movie sure to delight.
The strange way Captain Salazar moves and looks is explained in a flashback with a much younger Johnny Depp. I do wish I had the ability to never age or if I did age, to keep looking as young and fabulous. I did enjoy how this flashback was woven into the story and not kept separate at the beginning. Speaking of the beginning, you have to see what they did with Cinderella’s castle. J
Throughout the amazing action on the high seas, we have dead and ghostly sharks trying to take a bite of Jack and Henry. We have pieces of the ships coming to life to attack, but it’s the small jokes, the sarcastic sense of humor which will shine through for the adult movie goer. From a sneak peek at Sir Paul McCartney singing a little Maggie May to the dimwitted pirates not understanding the meaning of big words.
But the real moments for me were the heartfelt family ones. Barbossa realizing he has a daughter and the pain of a parent wanting more for their child than to be trapped aboard a cursed ship. The fitting final moment of a family reunited, as well as two people in love race across the tall grass, into each other’s arms. Pirates delights with comedy, action and touching moments as well. Just be sure to stay for an extra after credit scene which hints are more to come.
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