Ahoy there, Pirates fans! The 5th installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is in theaters this week! Here’s my PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES review and whether it’s appropriate for kids? I’ll give you the scoop on what ages I think can handle this film and what parents should look out for from a mom’s point of view.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Synopsis
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry, a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review
First of all, I thought the movie was fantastic! The first Pirates of the Caribbean is my favorite and this comes behind it as a close second. Johnny Depp never disappoints with his portrayal as Jack Sparrow and Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar…holy wow, scared me half to death.
This brings me to the biggest issue for parents – violence and overall scary elements. There is plenty of humor to offset some of the tone, but if your children don’t like ghosts or death by sword, then don’t bring them. Captain Salazar is on a mission to kill all the pirates and you see just how many he kills. There are ghost/zombie sharks and one scene that will make everyone jump. Well I did at least and my neighbor screamed.
Should Kids Watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales?
If you want action, then you’ll love Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. In my family I would not let anyone under 10 years old watch this movie and even would say it stays pretty true to a PG-13 Rating. However, it’s all subjective. I think my 10-year-old could handle the tense moments better than my 12-year-old.
As far as sexual content goes, there is no explicit nudity. Some cleavage shots, because of the dress that women wear during that time period. There is also a kiss or two. However there are sexual innuendos and jokes. Most likely kids will not pick up on it, because even I missed one or two. However you may hear them laugh, because the rest of the theater is laughing. I’m pretty sure the adorable 6-year-old near me did not understand why the word horologist could be humorous.
There are no typical 4-letter curse words which I appreciated. Not even the A-word. The language just had to do with the sexual innuendos I mentioned above.
Overall PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES does an incredible job of bringing back the past and fan favorites (I’m looking at you Captain Barbossa and Will Turner) while preparing the franchise, if needed, for the next generation. I really enjoyed the characters of Henry Turner and Carina Smyth. You know I’m a sucker for a strong heroine, and Carina fits the bill. Pirates of the Caribbean is funny, tugs at the heartstrings, full of action, and scared the popcorn out of me at times. All the makings of an entertaining movie!
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is in theaters May 26!
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