Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review & Parental Warnings

Earlier this week, my daughter and I saw an advance screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. All opinions are ours. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

About Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series from Walt Disney Studios.  Walt Disney Studios provided the following synopsis:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.


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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3wJjLXjySg

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

We really enjoyed the first 3 movies, but were not fans of the 4th movie – On Stranger Tides. My daughter and I both agreed that Dead Men Tell No Tales is on par with the first three movies. My biggest complaint about the 4th movie was the absence of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). While they only have small roles in Dead Men Tell No Tales, I was glad to see them back.  

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Will Turner (Orlando Bloom)

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Pictured: Orlando Bloom (Will Turner)..Film Frame..© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

I liked that the movie ties to the rest of the series since Henry (Brenton Thwaites) is Will and Elizabeth’s son – first introduced in the post-credits scene of At World’s End. He is on a mission to free his father from the Flying Dutchmen. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Henry Turner I think the story is better served when Captain Jack can be his crazy self, and there is a romantic relationship of other characters. In this movie, the romance is provided by Henry and Carina Smyth. I liked the character of Carina. She is determined to not be stopped held back by being a woman. For example, she points out that she can read the map that “No Man Can Read” since she isn’t a man.

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Pictured L to R: Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites)..Ph: Film Frame..© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Like the previous films, it combines the action/mythological story and crazy antics. My daughter loved the bank heist scene. She was laughing throughout the scene. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Captain Jack in the Bank Vault

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Pictured: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)..Ph: Peter Mountain..© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Also, Disney’s favorite special effect, the de-aging process, makes an appearance here. In this case with a flashback showing a much younger Jack Sparrow (think Johnny Depp from 21 Jump Street era). Other notable uses – Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in Ant-Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) in Captain America: Civil War, Ego (Kurt Russell) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It has also been used to overlay images on other actors such as Grand Moff Tarkin (originally played by Peter Cushing, portrayed on set by Guy Henry) in Rogue One.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Younger Captain Jack Sparrow

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Pictured: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)..Ph: Film Frame..© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Parental Warnings

Should you take your child to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales which has a PG-13 rating? Obviously this will depend a lot on the child in question. The film earns it’s rating on violence/intense scenes.

Language, Sex, & Nudity

The language is fairly mild (shit, hell, damn) and not constant. Sex scenes and allusions are virtually non-existent. I would say, there is less innuendo in this movie than in previous installments. At one point, Carina strips to her undergarments to dive off a boat into the water and swims to shore. Being the 1700s, her undergarments were not very revealing – a corset and bloomers. Actually, the scene was most memorable to me since I was puzzled as to how she has a dress on in the next scene. (Actually it is visible in the trailer above).

Frightening/Intense Scenes

Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his crew are ghosts and their bodies show damage from their deaths. They are missing body parts, have gaping holes in their bodies, and in one instance is just an arm. These characters may be too gruesome for some children. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Captain Salazar's Crew

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

There are several menacing scenes were various characters are placed in peril. If your child does not handle intense situations well, this is not the movie for them.

Violence

There is a fair amount of violence in the movie. There are fights between pirates and the British, between warring pirate crews, and with Captain Salazar’s ghost ship. They are not shy at showing swords running through people. Blood flows freely after some attacks, even dripping through the floor to a deck below. There is also a scene with a guillotine where they show the basket of heads previously chopped off.

Overall

I took my 11 year old daughter to see the movie with me. She has seen the previous 4 installments at home. She had no issues with the violence or intensity of this movie. If your child is easily frightened, I would suggest viewing the prior movies (or at least the first 3 movies) at home. If they have trouble with the violence or intense scenes, I would skip Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It is a little more intense than the past movies and seeing it on the big screen is always more intense.

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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