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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017): Unexceptional

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers no nonsense reviews that are meant to educate as well as entertain. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

16 Responses

  1. dollyparker says:

    Very interesting and detailed review.Although I’ve already watched this movie, it was nice to read someone else’s opinion on it.Good job!

  2. Jason says:

    Nice review. I agree with you….the whole Jack Sparrow persona shtick has lost its edge. Its good to see Depp still playing (and having fun in the role), but the whole character has lost its substance.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I was talking with another person in this thread about how they should move on from Sparrow if they come back for another movie. It might make a more genuine film

  3. Chris Scott says:

    I feel the film is fine. As you say, it is an unexceptional film. It has some fun to it but it is sporadic and not consistent. Some of this is just that Jack is a sorry character. While he does have flashes of humanity here and there, his narcissistic approach to everything in his life makes him a character I struggle to root for. Each time he seems to redeem himself (saving Will from death and killing Davy Jones in At World’s End, tricking Blackbeard into drinking the wrong goblet so as to save his daughter) he comes back with a bigger bumbling routine. That said, I really liked a lot outside of Jack. Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa is always a treat. Javier Bardem played Salazar perfectly. And Kaya Scodelario and Brendan Thwaites had good chemistry as Carina and Henry and lent the story a lot of heart with their interlocking themes of fathers. And I wouldn’t mind weeing Will and Elizabeth return for a sequel with Carina and Henry alongside. Maybe we can just push Jack overboard and let the series get back to being a fun swashbuckling adventure.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I thought about that after watching it. The rest of the cast was very pleasant and fun to watch. Although I wonder if the film would prove to be financially successful without Sparrow.

  4. shahzodav says:

    I feel like these big franchises are afraid to try something new in fears of losing money, so they stick to the same old formula that has worked before. But that’s not what makes a classic. Thanks for the review, I was wondering if I should go see it in theaters or wait a bit. Wait it is.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Glad to help! I totally agree with your assessment. There’s a lot of safe films being made recently

  5. ghostof82 says:

    It won’t stop the film making a fortune. There are lots of children who don’t care about plot etc that will drag parents to see it over the halfterm holidays. Depressing really.

    Mind you, the box office for most ‘new’ films seem to be struggling this year. I rather think high ticket prices are having an impact on impulse and casual cinemagoing in favour of waiting for home rentals or even illegal downloads/streaming. So maybe it won’t be a massive hit.

    I see Covenant has been suffering an 80% drop this weekend in the States. Interesting times.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I think a lot of that comes from a small amount of great films and a lot of different options. You need good word of mouth in order for a film to have legs at the box office.

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