Disclosure: I was invited to a screening of The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for purposes of review. All opinions are my own. All photos courtesy of Disney Entertainment unless otherwise noted.
Y’all, I was late to the game on the whole Pirates of the Caribbean thing. Superheroes? On it. We’ve seen all of them. The pirates got pushed to the side. But I had to be prepared, so thankfully our local library has all the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD’s and my family has been on a binge.
These movies are what a boy mom needs for family movie night! We’ve really enjoyed all the action and humor.
I took my oldest boy to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; he’s 15. I had seen the trailers and wasn’t sure if it was going to be too scary for my almost 9 year old. The movie is rated PG-13. That rating is mainly for the violence as there is very little language or suggestive scenes. The violence is what you would expect from a movie about pirates – nothing over the top gory or unusual from the previous Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
All that would have been fine for my youngest son. What concerned me was the “undead” pirate angle. This is where parents will have to make their own judgement call. My son gets freaked out by zombie-related stuff, and I feel like the ghost / walking dead aspect of this movie might be a little much for him. Yes, he has done fine with it so far in the other movies, but the special effects in this one are particularly good, ramping up the creepy factor. Javier Bardem does an excellent job in his role as a revenge-seeking captain; younger or more timid kids might get scared.
Check out this trailer for a closer look:
For adults, the movie is a can’t miss. In addition to the amazing action, the humor you expect from a movie involving Captain Jack Sparrow is there in full force. The addition of the new characters of Henry (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina (Kaya Scodelario) adds some new life to the franchise while still connecting them to series favorites. Speaking of favorites, I love seeing Captain Jack’s right-hand pirate, Gibbs (Kevin McNally) back in action.
I am here to tell you that Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar creeped ME out. He was exceptional in this role and the special effects surrounding him only furthered that effect.
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters everywhere May 26th!