He’s back: classic Jack. The latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" film tactfully revives the series, monumentally outdoing its predecessor, holds Scott Mendelson of Forbes. A reboot that gets it right, the film offers beautiful cutscenes and thrilling action. It presents refreshing flashbacks, which showcase a younger, sharper version of Jack Sparrow that contrasts with the bumblingly drunken present version. Giving a narrative of his past adds dimension to the character as does his playful interaction with Thwaites and Scodelario. The movie is great enough to both open the window for successors or end the franchise on a high note.
A tale that should have been left untold. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell no Tales,” was an unimaginative reboot of the franchise that leans on Depp’s eccentricity a little too much, suggests Christopher Orr of The Atlantic. In his opinion, the plot, characters and jokes mirror much of what has already been seen in the original trilogy. New ideas, which to begin with are few and far between, fall short in every way, while Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley’s mental fencing with Johnny Depp is poorly recreated with less alluring actors. Orr bemoans how an originally inspiring character like Jack Sparrow lost his appeal, being milked for all he’s worth.