‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ — What parents should know
The fifth movie in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is now in theaters, and while it’s bound to capture some box office booty this weekend, it might not win many new fans.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” once again stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, the pirate scoundrel who drinks too much and can’t seem to keep a crew. This time around it’s Henry (Brenton Thwaites), the teenage son of William Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightly), who seeks out Jack to help him find the mythical Poseidon's trident, which it is believed can undo any curses at sea. Henry wants to free his father from the curse of the Dutchman, but Jack’s only interest is in escaping Javier Bardem's immortal pirate hunter Captain Salazar. Meanwhile, a mysterious orphan girl named Carina (Kaya Scodelario) seems to hold the key to where the trident can be found. Add into the mix some familiar faces, such as Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Hector Barbossa, and the same rousing theme music and you have just another “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
There’s a lot of the same formula of storytelling in play here, and it works sometimes, and sometimes it doesn’t. At 129 minutes, some audience members might find themselves losing interest.
How kid-friendly is this movie?
It is rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and adventure violence. Language is mild, but there’s a lot of innuendo and double meaning to the jokes. For example, there’s a long-running joke about a female character being a “horologist.” There’s also a lot of action-movie violence and many characters die in gun battles, sword fights, and from drowning. Some young children might be scared by the way some of the villains look — with body parts missing and flesh hanging off their bodies.
Overall, it’s best to follow the rating, but if your kids enjoyed the other movies in this series, then it's a safe bet they might enjoy this one. When all is said and done, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” isn’t a bad movie. Neither is it very good because it’s not nearly as much fun as the original movie in the franchise was.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is now playing in theaters nationwide.