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Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by old rival Captain Salazar and a crew of deadly ghosts who have escaped from the Devil’s Triangle. They’re determined to kill every pirate at sea…notably Jack.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (released internationally as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) is a 2017 American swashbuckler fantasy film directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and written by Jeff Nathanson, from a story by Nathanson and Terry Rossio.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is the standalone sequel to On Stranger Tides (2011) and the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. It stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, and Kevin McNally.
The filmmakers cited the series’ first installment, The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), as inspiration for the script and tone of the film, with critics describing the film as a “requel”. Pre-production for the film started shortly before On Stranger Tides was released in early 2011, with Terry Rossio writing the initial script.
In early 2013, Jeff Nathanson was hired to write a new script for the film, with Depp being involved in Nathanson’s writing process. Initially planned for a 2015 release, the film was delayed to 2016 and then to 2017, due to script and budget issues. Principal photography started in Australia in February 2015, after the Australian government offered Disney $20 million in tax incentives, and ended in July 2015.
Dead Men Tell No Tales premiered in Shanghai on May 11, 2017, and was released in the United States on May 26. The film received generally negative reviews from critics and grossed $795 million worldwide against a production budget between $230–320 million.
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As this leader of a gang of buccaneers in various degrees of decay explains in between the gushes of blood oozing from his mouth, he always leaves one survivor to pass along his legendary exploits. Why? “Dead men tell no tales.”
Norwegian directing team Joaquim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki”) as well as screenwriter Jeffrey D. Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can”) appear to be addicted to chaos. They even crowd the IMAX-imized screen with no fewer than six schooners vying for the spotlight—which leads to an excess of captains, too. I half-expected that the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria would make cameos. Instead, Paul McCartney—you know, the cute one—takes over token rock icon duty from Keith Richards as Sparrow’s oddly cheery incarcerated uncle.
What else is new, you might ask? With Depp’s tipsy high-jinks at half-mast in the funny department these days—a running gag about the term “horologist” gets a real workout—two fresh and younger faces have been brought on board. Boy-band-bland Australian actor Brenton Thwaites is Henry, the grown son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, who return briefly after skipping out on No. 4).
He eventually pairs up with Carina Smyth (Brit actress Kaya Scodelario of “The Maze Runner”), an orphaned self-taught astronomer whose smarts get her pegged as a witch. They partner with Sparrow in seeking Poseidon’s trident so Henry can break the curse that has exiled his father and eventually run into another old friend, Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, who once again rises above the busy chases, sword fights and loud calamities simply by being subtle rather than obvious). That the newcomers don’t engage in a romance is as original as “Dead Men” gets.
Those who go to see “Dead Men Don’t Tell Tales” might just recognize that hollow feeling as they leave the theater.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Credits
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow
Javier Bardem as Captain Armando Salazar
Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner
Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth
Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa
Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs
Stephen Graham as Scrum
Golshifteh Farahani as Shansa
David Wenham as Scarfield
Orlando Bloom as Will Turner
Martin Klebba as Marty
Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann
Paul McCartney as Uncle Jack
- Joachim Rønning
- Espen Sandberg
Writer (based on characters created by)
- Ted Elliott
- Terry Rossio
- Stuart Beattie
- Jay Wolpert
Writer (story by)
- Jeff Nathanson
- Terry Rossio
- Jeff Nathanson
- Paul Cameron
- Roger Barton
- Leigh Folsom Boyd
- Geoff Zanelli
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Plot
Thirteen years after the battle of Calypso’s maelstrom,[N 1] a twelve-year-old Henry Turner boards the Flying Dutchman and informs his father, Will, that the curse which binds Will to the Dutchman and only permits him to step on land once a decade can be broken by the Trident of Poseidon. Henry intends to recruit Captain Jack Sparrow to help find it, but Will believes this is impossible and orders Henry to leave. Will and the Dutchman then disappear into the sea, but Henry vows to find Jack and the Trident.
Nine years later, Henry is a sailor in the Royal Navy. The ship sails into the supernatural Devil’s Triangle and stumbles upon the wreck of the Silent Mary, whose ghostly crew led by Spanish pirate-hunter, Captain Armando Salazar, attacks, sparing Henry’s life so that he can deliver a message to Jack, who killed Salazar and his crew decades ago by leading them to the Devil’s Triangle and inadvertently cursed them.
On Saint Martin, a young astronomer named Carina Smyth is sentenced to death for witchcraft but escapes and crosses paths with Jack as he and his crew botch a bank robbery, suffering from a spell of bad luck. Jack later trades his compass for a drink, an act which destroys the Devil’s Triangle and frees Salazar and his crew once more.
Carina learns Henry is looking for the Trident’s location and offers to help him using her unknown father’s diary. Carina and Jack stall the execution process, but they escape with the help of Henry and Jack’s crew, setting sail on the Dying Gull. Carina deciphers the clues in her diary, discovering that the stars will lead to an island where the Trident is hidden.
Meanwhile, Captain Hector Barbossa hears from his pirate crew that the revived Captain Salazar has killed several pirates at sea and is destroying Barbossa’s fleet. Barbossa talks his way out of being killed by offering to help find Jack and learns that the Trident could lead him to a “treasure”. Salazar agrees, wanting revenge on Jack.
Salazar pursues the Dying Gull, forcing Jack, Henry, and Carina to flee to an island, discovering that Salazar’s crew cannot go on land. Barbossa allies himself with Jack, returning his compass and restoring the miniaturized Black Pearl[N 2] to its original size. They continue their journey to the island, with Barbossa taking command of the Pearl once more. During the voyage, Jack and Barbossa realize Carina is the latter’s long-lost daughter.
The Pearl approaches the Trident’s island and evades a Royal Navy warship until it is destroyed by the Silent Mary before the Pearl runs aground on the island. Jack, Barbossa, and Carina use the island’s magic to part the ocean which opens a path to the Trident on the ocean floor. Salazar captures Henry and possesses him to walk on the ocean floor and seize the Trident. Once he does so, Henry is given his body back, and Jack distracts Salazar, allowing Henry to destroy the Trident, breaking all curses upon the sea and restoring Salazar’s crew to life.
However, the Trident’s destruction causes the divided sea to close in on them. The Pearl lowers its anchor to lift the group to safety, but Salazar pursues them, still hell-bent on killing Jack. Carina realizes that Barbossa is her father when she spots a tattoo on his arm identical to the diary’s cover, a trident star formation. Barbossa sacrifices himself to kill Salazar, allowing the others to escape.
Sometime later, Henry and Carina reach Port Royal, where Will appears, free from the Dutchman. His wife, Elizabeth Swann, appears moments later and the Turner family reunites. Henry and Carina kiss. Jack watches from the Pearl before sailing away into the horizon, captain once again, while also adopting Captain Barbossa’s monkey.
In a post-credits scene, Will and Elizabeth are asleep in their bed, when Davy Jones appears in their room. When he prepares to strike the couple, Will wakes up. Assuming he had a nightmare, he goes back to sleep, oblivious to the wet barnacles on the floor.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Box office
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales grossed $172 million in the United States and Canada, and $622 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $795 million, against an estimated production budget of $230 million. It had a worldwide opening of $271.4 million from 55 markets, with $24 million coming from 1,088 IMAX screens.
The film’s six-day opening gross pushed the franchise gross past the $4 billion mark. Despite being the lowest-grossing film of the series in the US by nearly $70 million, the film became the highest-grossing entry of the Pirates franchise internationally when going by modern foreign-exchange rates, passing On Stranger Tides, which grossed $593.4 million at current rates.
The largest-earning foreign markets were China ($172.3 million), Japan ($59.5 million), and Russia and the CIS ($40.7 million), where it was the second-highest-grossing film behind Avatar (2009). Deadline Hollywood noted the film would turn a net profit of around $280 million after factoring together all expenses and revenues based on a projected $850 million final gross (though it would ultimately fall short of that figure, likely resulting in a smaller profit).
United States and Canada
Dead Men Tell No Tales debuted over the four-day Memorial Day opening weekend, being released in 4,276 theaters, of which over 3,100 were 3D, taking advantage of formats such as IMAX, D-Box, and 4DX. The film earned $23.4 million on its first day, including $5.5 million from previews. It was the lowest opening day of the franchise. Dead Men Tell No Tales grossed $63 million over three days, and $78.5 million over four (Friday–Monday), finishing first at the box office, ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and fellow newcomer Baywatch (2017).
It was the second-smallest opening weekend of the franchise, only earning more than the first film, with each of the other installments earning at least $90 million. Despite the film registering the highest test score in the series, the opening came in well below expectations of $80–115 million. Analysts attributed the underperformance to negative reviews, franchise fatigue, and Johnny Depp’s diminishing returns and depreciating public image, amid his personal problems.
Still, it performed better than Disney’s previous Memorial Day releases (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Tomorrowland (2015), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)), and studio executives said they were pleased with the movie’s opening, which helped Disney push past $1 billion in the US.
The film fell by a total of 65% in its second weekend, the worst of the series, grossing $22.1 million, and finishing in third place, after newcomers Wonder Woman (2017) ($103.3 million) and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) ($23.9 million). It remained in the top ten for four more weeks.
Marketed as Salazar’s Revenge in most countries, the film was released day-and-date with its debut in 54 markets (91% of its total marketplace, except Japan, where it debuted on July 1). Preliminary reports had the film opening to $150–175 million, but possibly overperforming depending on major markets, most notably China.
While its Chinese run benefited from the May 28–30 Dragon Boat Festival—a lucrative moviegoing period—and from International Children’s Day (June 1), the Manchester Arena bombing had a deteriorating effect on certain European markets over the film’s opening weekend.
From Wednesday to Friday, it registered an opening of $208.8 million. Around $14 million of that came from IMAX screenings, the second-biggest international IMAX opening in May, after Captain America: Civil War (2016). Similar to its US plunge, it earned $73.8 million in its second weekend, falling to second place, behind Wonder Woman.
It recorded the biggest opening day of the year in several markets, including Germany ($3.6 million), Austria, France ($2.3 million), Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand ($400,000), Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Netherlands ($900,000). Russia posted the biggest opening of all time with $18.4 million ($18.6 million including previews). In China, where the film had its global premiere, it earned $21.3 million on its opening day, the fourth-biggest Disney opening in the country. It had an 87% marketshare and had already surpassed the entire earnings of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Earning a total of $67.9 million, it registered the third-highest three-day for any Disney title, and a much-higher opening than the US. The film did extremely well in IMAX, earning $9 million from 401 screens from Friday to early Monday bookings. The robust opening has been attributed to the Dragon Boat Festival, Depp’s star power, the ubiquity of the franchise, the impact of Shanghai Disneyland Park, and good word of mouth, with a score of 7.5/10 on reviews aggregator Douban and 8.7/10 on top mobile-ticketing platform Weying.
The film’s final release market was Japan (July 1), where it opened at number one, achieving the highest-grossing opening for a Western film of the year, earning $9.25 million over the July 1–2 weekend. It retained the box office lead for one more week, and was the highest-grossing foreign film in the following weekend.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Critical Response
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 30% of 293 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The website’s critical consensus reads “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales proves that neither a change in directors nor an undead Javier Bardem is enough to drain this sinking franchise’s murky bilge.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 39 out of 100, based on 45 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”.
Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A−” on an A+ to F scale, and PostTrak reported 81% of those gave the film a positive score.
Mike Ryan of Uproxx criticized what he termed as a convoluted plot and overabundance of characters, resulting in a film that was “practically incoherent.” Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called the film “bloated, boring, repetitive, and draining” and gave it one star out of four.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club wrote that the film echoes the first three of the franchise, “in which Johnny Depp’s louche and campy Jack Sparrow played second banana to an insipid love story… the two romantic leads … succeed only in making the shortest movie in the series seem just as long as the rest.” A. O. Scott of The New York Times said of the film, “Its pleasures are so meager, its delight in its own inventions so forced and false, that it becomes almost the perfect opposite of entertainment.
” Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post remarked that the film was “loud, overstimulating and hard to take in all in one sitting.” Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle found the film to be “a jumble of half-baked impulses” that had been forced into a played-out franchise.
Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, saying: “Dead Men works well enough as a stand-alone, swashbuckling comedic spectacle, thanks to the terrific performances, some ingenious practical effects, impressive CGI and a steady diet of PG-13 dialogue peppered with not particularly sophisticated but (I have to admit) fairly funny sexual innuendo.” Pete Hammond of Deadline Hollywood praised the film, calling it “the most entertaining installment,” and giving credit to Rønning and Sandberg for creating a “rollicking good time”.
He praised the visual effects, particularly Salazar and his crew, arguing that the film should be in line to receive an Academy Award for Visual Effects. He also gave high praise to Bardem for being able to create such a “fully dimensional villain” under the layers of make-up and CGI, and Depp for keeping the film and franchise going.
Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a ‘B’, praising the fun nature of the film and its visuals and calling it “gorgeously detailed swashbuckling nonsense,” but wished that the script had taken more risks instead of following the formula used in previous films.
Ashley Esqueda of CNET gave the film a positive review, arguing that it brought the franchise back to what made its first two installments so fun, and praised Depp’s performance as being “delightful as ever.” Brian Truitt of USA Today gave the film three stars out of four, saying “What was once a past-its-prime franchise seems to have found new life.”
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Accolades
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||March 3, 2018||Worst Actor||Johnny Depp||Nominated|
|Worst Supporting Actor||Javier Bardem||Nominated|
|Worst Screen Combo||Johnny Depp and his worn-out drunk routine||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||August 13, 2017||Choice Movie: Action||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor: Action||Brenton Thwaites||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress: Action||Kaya Scodelario||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Villain||Javier Bardem||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Summer||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||Nominated|
|Choice Liplock||Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley||Nominated|
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