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This summer, audiences will be able to sail back across the high seas as Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and the Pirates of the Caribbean engage in their fifth adventure. The franchise encountered choppy waters with the listless On Stranger Tides. Is it still taking on water? As part of its CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas last night, Walt Disney screened Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in its entirety, and social media lit up with reactions. Our own Eric Eisenberg was able to screen the film and had this to say:
The Pirates of the Caribbean movies always have boasted a creative approach to their action. Remember Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom sword fighting on a spinning wheel in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest? Erik Davis of Fandango also Tweeted, and said that Dead Men Tell No Tales felt like a throwback to the original:
Erik Davis calls it a finale, but in our recent and exclusive chat with Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning, he told us this is more like the "beginning" of a possible ending. So we'll see if Disney lets this series walk the plank. Eric Vespe of Ain't It Cool weighed in on the film, saying:
While Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm stated:
And Germain Lussier of Gizmodo and io9 concluded:
So in general, the consensus on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a return to form for the franchise (which had stumbled its last time out). We had a great conversation with Joachim Rønning about Jack Sparrow's part in this movie, about the legacy of the franchise in general, and his approach to the new story. Click here to read all of his thoughts. The movie opens in theaters on May 26. Are you interested in checking this one out?