At the time of writing, there have been five POTC films, including this the newest instalment. Sadly four out of those five films have been sub-par and this film is probably the worst out of the five. There is barely anything good to say about this movie, to be honest. This film is boring, repetitive and draining, and the story is almost the carbon copy of the last four films. Captain Jack Sparrow has to go and find a mythical treasure with his trusty crew and two other characters while an evil villain (in this case Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar) hunts him down with his crew of undead sailors. Also, Barbosa shows up for no apparent reason other than to make some sort of connection with the newcomers. This film is very poorly edited in comparison to the other films as the cinematography is bland and uninspiring. The writing for this film is completely dry and humourless. 95% of all the jokes fall flat, for example the jokes aimed at the female lead (played by Kaya Scodelario) come off as misogynistic and dated, instead of clever satire.
Even Depp’s performance is boring and to be honest his whole drunken swagger thing is starting to make me cringe. The whole thing is lazy - it felt like they just copied and pasted the last movies script and made a few tweaks here and there. In addition, random characters that really have no reason to be in the story and don’t further the plot seem thrown in and force the film to come to a grinding halt. This film’s plot and script makes Kong Skull Island’s plot and script Oscar worthy.
On the other hand there are some decent things about this film that I enjoyed. The CGI was impressive, especially Captain Salazar and some of the island scenes look stunning. A few of the sequences reminded me of the freshness of early films which was great - but, at the same time, reminded me what POTC used to be and sadly what it has now become.
In short, I wouldn’t recommend watching this film. Hopefully, this marks the end of the franchise before it ends up having a reputation like the transformers films.