Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—Twisty Yet Predictable

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie poster
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Dead Men Tell No Tales is the latest in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. It follows Henry Turner as he truest break his father’s curse by enlisting Jack Sparrow and Carina Smyth to find the Trident of Poseidon.

1—Tone

The special effects were spectacular, of course, and the soundtrack is great and follows the music of the rest of the series pretty closely. The tone, creepy and adventurous, is pitch perfect Pirates of the Caribbean.

2—Quite a Few Coincidences

The plot of Dead Men Tell No Tales is fairly straightforward, despite all the customary reversals of loyalties an shifting alliances. It’s basically a “get the McGuffin” plot. But it also relies on coincidence quite a bit—there’s Henry being the “last survivor” of his ship, his running into Salazar in the first place, also running into Carina, Jack just happening to give away his compass and that being the thing that frees Salazar just when we need to motivate Jack to help with the quest, and of course Barbossa and Carina’s connection… That said, it ends well, with a self-sacrifice and reunited lovers.

Conclusion

There was nothing terribly new in this installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, but it was still fun. And it was nice to see Elizabeth and Will finally get that happy ending, despite the post-credits scene.

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