Jack Sparrow is one of the wittiest characters in all of fiction. His ingenuity has been one of his strongest suits for battles or making deals. The reason why the line “This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.” is due to his legendary status of always having a plan for a plan while acting like a fool.
However, with the latest installment in the franchise Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the film seems to have forgotten the reason behind his mischievous nature and has boiled him down into much more of a cartoon and stripped him of the complex layers the pirate once had.
Jack Sparrow is shown to be somewhat dimwitted
Since the very first movie, Jack Sparrow has proven himself to be a master manipulator to get what he wants by the end of the day. With the examples of how he had manipulated Elizabeth into thinking that the way to rescuing Will Turner was only by destroying Davy Jones's Heart or how about the time when Jack slyly stole a piece of the Aztec treasure that had cursed Barbossa and his crew to live as dead pirates for eternity to avoid dying in battle against him.
The best example of how Jack is a much quicker thinker than we realize is when he meets the British King in his palace in chains and yet manages to escape by plotting his route the moment he stepped foot inside the room.
However in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack Sparrow is stripped of all the genius he has carried with him since the beginning for some unknown reason. We see him rob a bank while drunk and gain zero profit from it.
We see him trade in his iconic compass that has guided him throughout the franchise for some booze. We see him tag along with a horologist and a person from the British Navy who turns out to be none other than Hector Barbossa's daughter and Will Turner's son, who are both shown to be smarter than him in the film.
He becomes more of a passive protagonist
Jack Sparrow has majorly been responsible for pulling the story with him. Due to his nature of being a master manipulator and his motivation of being free to roam the seas as a pirate, he will seek out whatever is necessary to help him get to those goals.
However, when it comes to Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, we are introduced to a Jack Sparrow that has been devoid of any kind of hope. His trade of giving up the compass for some booze is extremely significant to this fact as the compass has literally been his key item throughout all of the previous movies as it guides him to what he truly desires.
It becomes the responsibility of Henry Turner and Carina Smyth to pick up the pace for the plot to move along. This not only makes Jack Sparrow lose the spark of always being a step ahead of everyone else, but it also makes it seem as if he is more of a supporting character than a protagonist of the movie.
Luck plays more of a factor than intelligence
As many have come to know that the character of Jack Sparrow plays on the elements of flexible planning with the use of manipulation, lies, and understanding people's motivations. Of course, there have been multiple instances where luck has had to play a factor in his plans to work out.
It is in this film that it becomes a lot more prominent that the majority of his actions are based on his luck factor more than anything. We can observe from the very start of the film that his dependency on things to work themselves out has created a sense of recklessness and the lack of enthusiasm for formulating plans has been minimized.