Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales the fifth in Disney’s swashbuckling saga on the high seas screened for the first time Tuesday night at Cinemacon, and the initial reactions might surprise you.
They certainly surprised me, though I’m unable to share much of mine, as reviews are under embargo until closer to its May 26 release. That means no plot details, no character descriptions, nothing. Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
But the crowd of mostly movie-theater owners and press seemed to have a good time with it, and many risked reacting on Twitter because, well they liked it, an outcome that’s less likely to irritate the studio. Of those, some even liked it so much as to say it’s the best since the original.
But then, after the last 19 or so Pirates movies, most of which were unloved for their muddled myth-building and meandering, forgettable story (and the franchise seeming to overstay its welcome in general), this wasn’t a very high bar.
Also the action scenes are really well staged and easy to follow. So much better than the last one. #PiratesoftheCaribbean
Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 29, 2017
Pirates 5 is definitely the best one since the first. Admittedly, that isn’t saying much but it does occasionally capture that magic.
Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) March 29, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a pleasant surprise. Continues the legacy, focuses on the characters and the world.
Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) March 29, 2017
Fans of #PiratesoftheCaribbean will not be disappointed. Pirates 5 is a very fun, action packed adventure w subtle nods to the ride itself.
Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) March 29, 2017
Yolanda is right: If you like the Pirates movies, Dead Men will wash over you like a warm, fizzy wave at high tide. That much we can say. If you were getting repetition boredom anxiety attacks from the last 27 Pirates movies, but someone forces you to sit through it, you’ll probably come out OK.
There’s just only so much you can do with ships and anchors and maps and ropes and sabers and teeth and hair and wide eyes, you know?
Josh L. Dickey (@JLDlite) March 29, 2017
But that’s all I feel at liberty to say right now; anything more and Disney would kill me, and then I’d be dead, and … dead … men … tell … no … tales.