Director(s): Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg. Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley. 129 min. Rated PG-13. Adventure/Fantasy.
After the nosedive of the third and fourth installments, someone came up with a bright idea: for the fifth episode, let's just repeat the winning elements of the first! So again we have a trio of heroes (Jack Sparrow, young man, young women) going after an army of dead pirates. But what really makes this a success, is that it opens with a thrilling Fast and Furious-type heist, Johnny Depp still manages to keep his character fresh, Javier Bardem keeps getting the best villain roles in town, and there's one popular character with a great story arc, that ends here.
PS: I didn't get Paul McCartney's joke in his cameo appearance. A skeleton ordering a beer and a mop in a bar? Oh wait ... now I get it.