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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Review

Matthew Demchak, Opinion Editor

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Disney is the master of making sequels to long dead franchises.

Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, came out last year. Next year, the sequel to The Incredibles will be released.

And just recently, the next movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, came out in theaters.

This particular franchise could’ve ended with the very first one, The Curse of the Black Pearl. But Disney, being the money-makers that they are, made a second one, Dead Man’s Chest. They even ended that movie so that they had to make a third one, At World’s End.

Now, I thought that after that, the franchise would be done. But no. Disney came back again with a fourth one, On Stranger Tides. This one I was not particularly fond of.

But I had hope for the fifth movie. Granted, it wasn’t that much hope, but it was still there.

As it turned out, the movie was a lot better than I expected.

Set a few years after the events of the previous movie, Jack Sparrow, who as usual is down on his luck, sets out on yet another adventure when an old enemy of his, Captain Salazar, escapes from the Devil’s Triangle; he and his crew of ghost pirates are now determined to kill every single pirate at sea. To stop Salazar, Jack must seek out an artifact known as the Trident of Poseidon, which allows the user to control the seas.

I think one reason why this movie was such a big success was the returns of both Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly as Will and Elizabeth Turner respectively. Granted, their roles weren’t that big—Elizabeth didn’t even have any lines in the entire movie—but they were characters that the public had fallen in love with over the years of the franchise. Their absence from the fourth movie could also be a reason why fans didn’t like it that much.

The overall feel of the movie was also very satisfying. Ghost pirates definitely captured the feel of the first movie, due to the fact that they can’t actually be killed since they’re already dead. Fighting the undead is a great challenge, one that Jack Sparrow has overcome before in the first movie. The overall goal of this movie was to capture the feel of the first film, and the director and the cast did a great job at doing so.

The plot also felt full. There was a conflict, hero pirates and evil ghosts fighting over an all powerful weapon, the classic love story in between, and yes, lots of explosions. And of course, the traditional Jack Sparrow crazy feats of randomness that somehow end up with him on top.

Fans of the franchise will not be disappointed with this film. I myself give it an A rating. Dead Men Tell No Tales will definitely keep the franchise afloat. One final thought though: stay through the credits. There is a credit scene that you do not want to miss.

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