Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", out in theaters worldwide this weekend, sees Johnny Depp reprise his role as the hapless, swaying, slurring pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, once again roped into an adventure on the high seas. He wants to find Poseidon's trident, as it has the power to break all curses made at sea, and rescue his dad from the clutches of the Flying Dutchman. Good old Jack, Henry and Catrina have to deal with a ghostly Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), damned to spend a ghostly eternity underwater by Sparrow. He also gets deeper into character than most "Pirates" movies dare to, particularly with Scodelario's smart and spunky Carina, who is easily the strongest female character in the franchise. Also returning are Geoffrey Rush as Jack's pirate nemesis/ally (often within the same scene) Barbossa and a handful of minor crew members always around to pledge allegiance to whomever's in charge.

Depp's Sparrow seems to be less interesting and developed without Elizabeth and Will, so it's time to move on.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rated PG.

The young Jack Sparrow looks familiar, doesn't he? "I hope it goes on forever", he said. (He was going to rob it, you see, but he got exhausted.) A platoon of Her Majesty's infantry starts shooting at him, and a team of horses takes off, dragging the bank vault, and the bank, with them.

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I mean, sure, I guess he's unique, but I'm not sure how many people would consider Jack Sparrow endearing at this point (especially considering Depp's off-camera troubles).

Neha Bhasin attends the premiere of Hollywood film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in Mumbai on May 25, 2017. It left the question: Did they just use a computer-generated image of Johnny Depp's airbrushed face merged onto a young boy's image?

The Pirates franchise has the domestic record for Memorial Day, set in 2007 when "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" pulled in $139 million over the four days.

Despite the mixed reviews, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" is not a complete failure.

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