The Movie: 6.5/10
I enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I really do. The thing is, my enjoyment goes down with each new addition to the story. The good news is that Dead Men Tell No Tales brought me back into the fold, ever so slightly. If I am analyzing the Pirates world with a critical brain, which would be weird, I would say it’s time for Captain Jack to go. I don’t find him funny or charming anymore. He isn’t a hero or a villain or even an important part of any adventure. I want more of the world they have created, but let’s have a new rascally pirate to lead the charge. I would even like to go back in time a few hundred years a few generations before Jack. The first ships to go out on the high seas, how pirating got started, in their fictional comedy way of course.
I did like the new characters we meet, for the most part. I don’t need another ghostly bad guy, but Javier Bardem’s image computered-up onto a weirdly ghostly image is fine, just not that interesting. His story is good though. He was hunting pirates, specifically Sparrow (and gave him his name) when he was trapped by yet another curse of the great oceanic world of mystery. Now, that sounds cool and everything, and I do like taking on the legends of the sea and mythology mixed with a bit of pirate fun, it’s just that then it gets too big for its britches with action scenes that don’t look that great and drawn out bits that could have been better spent on some good character time.
No, I’m not over thinking Pirates of the Caribbean. I just want more substance along with the amazing universe they have created. No more Johnny Depp looking beguiled and dumbfounded all the time. No more boring scenes of action that doesn’t do much, just show off a bunch of CGI. I like the ideas seeded in the beginning of the franchise, the hunting down of the pirates, the attempt at a big company trying to own the seas and control the trade around the world. That mixed with some myths and legends is what makes the whole thing so much fun.
Overall I enjoyed it, of course. It’s a really fun way to spend an afternoon…..but for future reference, less Depp, more everything else:)
- A Return To The Sea (3 Minutes) – Cast and crew discuss returning to the franchise many years later.
- Telling Tales: A Sit Down With Brenton & Kaya (9 Minutes) – The two new young actors tell us about how they got the parts.
- The Matador & The Bull: Secrets Of Salazar & The Silent Mary (14 Minutes) – A look at the new bad guy Salazar and his amazing pirate ship.
- First Mate Confidential (9 Minutes) – Actor Kevin Mcnally who plays Gibbs takes us with him on a day on the set.
- Deconstructing The Ghost Sharks (4 Minutes) – A look at the CG wizardry that it took to make zombie sharks.
- Wings Over The Caribbean (5 Minutes) – A certain Beatle makes an appearance in the film here we see how and why.
- An Enduring Legacy (4 Minutes) – A short look at the franchise and how it’s stuck around.
- Bloopers Of The Caribbean (3 Minutes) – Cast and crew fool around.
- Jerry Bruckheimer Photo Diary (2 Minutes) – Jerry takes us through set photographs a staple on a Pirates movie.
- Deleted Scenes (3 Minutes)
- 4K, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
I’m not a fan of this type of cover art. It’s boring and if you collected them all, they would all look pretty much alike. I wouldn’t have it as a poster as it is. I would have it if they just put one of those mostly decomposed ghostly sailors on the cover from Salazar’s ship!
Audio & Video: 9/10
Pirates 5 is the second UHD disc from the Disney studios and is easily one of the year’s best. Featuring some awesome HDR that really makes the picture come alive even when we are dealing with Zombie sharks. The Blu-ray is no slouch either and is reference quality in every respect.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales features a Dolby Atmos track that is actually quite weak when compared with the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track that comes on the Blu-ray. It’s not bad though with sound effects coming from all angles. On either of the tracks Dialog is crystal clear and centered and LFE levels are off the charts.
Overall Score 7/10