The fifth installment more or less confirms that the franchise is running on fumes. the magic that hooked us in "Black Pearl" is seemingly missing and what we are left with is a shell of the awe that we hope to see. "Dead Men Tell No Tales," is about the same quality of movie as the preceding movie. Similarly to "On Stranger Tide," DMTNT also is more of a standalone adventure, there are obviously some tie-ins to the previous films, but for the most part it is capable of being alone. Javier Bardem plays the villain in this go-around, Captain Salazar, the pirate killer. Even with the acting chops Bardem brings to the table, the writers are unable to make the character very interesting. The romance arc between new characters Henry Turner and Catrina is a lot better than what viewers saw in the previous movie. However, that is probably the only thing this movie does better. Everything else is about the same as "On Stranger Tides." The action in this movie has some thrilling moments, but overall is not as attention-grabbing as the first film. Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow is even more exaggerated here than in the other installments. His quirkiness has worn thin by now. The effects are mostly good, every once in awhile there is something that looks a bit subpar though. For example, there is a scene where Jack Sparrow is being towed in a boat by an undead shark and it is so obviously fake that it affects the intensity of the moment. True to the "Pirates" form though, this movie is entertaining. It has the shortest runtime in the series and that is nice because they tell the story they want to tell in that time. The pacing is fairly good overall. The opening bank robbing scene is a bit dragged out and the development between Captain Barbossa and Catrina would have benefitted from more time, so a bit of a trade-off there would have been great. The dialogue is fairly standard, nothing to memorable on that front. This is not a great movie, it is just okay, but apparently okay is good enough to bring in over $800 million at the box office. Overall, I give this movie a 5/10.