So, it has been multiple years since I have seen the previous films, so I remembered the general beats of the franchise, but not specific stuff about the mythology. That being said, I was a little confused by a few plot points in the film until I referenced the summaries of the first four films afterwards. This confusion was a bit distracting to me, which may have hampered my enjoyment. My enjoyment was also hampered by the fact that this film was nowhere near as exciting as I remember the other films being. There were a couple of swashbuckling sequences, but a majority of the film is spent watching a bunch of people sail around on ships. The film starts strongly, with a really interesting chase sequence, but just goes down from there. A majority of the campy charm of the film is lost with a surprising dearth of humor.
The visuals in the film are as strong as can be expected. The CGI for Salazar and his crew looks really impressive and disturbing. There is, however, some weird CGI that de-ages Depp in one scene that is a bit jarring. The acting is fine, with all of the returners still doing pretty well in their roles. Bardem is the best of the additions, fitting the role of the villain well.
Overall, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" suffers in the fact that it is rather boring compared to the rest of the films. It isn't awful, but it is predictable and has less swashbuckling and humor than I had wanted.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.