First reactions to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are largely positive

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Somewhere between Dead Man’s Chest and Stranger Tides, the Pirates of the Caribbean series lost its way. For a franchise that began with Johnny Depp stepping off a sinking shipped while decked head to toe in a nautical Keith Richards cosplay, the attraction of falling towards the standard Hollywood tropes of bigger and better was too much of a siren call to resist.

That resulted in films that were bloated with special effects and very little story that was worth giving a damn for. The World’s End is possibly the biggest example of this, a sequel that ran away with its budget and featured a plot with MacGuffins that seemed to appear out of thin air. It’s a movie which is…uuuunnnghhhhhh. Words can’t accurately describe it.

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Stranger Tides was supposed to change all of that, putting the spotlight back on Johnny Depp and following the whimsical buccaneer on yet another quest for fame and fortune. A journey that was easily the most boring adventure out of the entire series so far. All of this is of course moot, when you factor in that Stranger Tides alone cleaned up at the box office with a global haul of over $1 billion. Can’t argue with those numbers.

Over at CinemaCon, Disney decided to give the folks over in attendance a sneak peek at the fleek flick. And by sneak peek, I mean the entire movie. No vertical slices of hand-picked action. Reactions afterwards were fairly positive, with most people really really liking Johnny Depp’s performance this time around and Javier Bardem’s utterly creepy Capitan Salazar. Here’s a selection of the tweets via THR:

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It sounds good, but so too did the early reactions to Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Batman V Superman. Pinch-salting probably required over here until the final product sails into port this May.  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also stars Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally, Stephen Graham, Golshifteh Farahani, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom, Paul McCartney, David Wenham and Stephen Graham.

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And in case you’ve been holding it in, feel free to go wild with your pirate-speak. Tell me how your favourite fictional photojournalist is Peter PAAAAAAAARker.

Last Updated: March 29, 2017

  • As long as Johnny Depp is in there this movie can not fail.

  • Original Heretic

    It’s not September 19, we cannot arrrrr yet.

  • Magoo

    arr

  • MonsterCheddar

    Love this franchise.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Yarrrrr.

    Recently catching up on Black Sails, so the pirate in me is excited.

    Yo … Ho … Hoist the colours … neeeeeeever shall we die :3

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