Back in 2003, the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise debuted to rave reviews, box office bank, and even some Oscar recognition. However, in the three films since Curse Of The Black Pearl, Pirates has taken a steep dive.
Each film in the original trilogy received worse reviews than its predecessor, and the fourth film - which departed from the the style and storyline of the series - was bashed even harder than the rest.
Many have felt that the series has lost its way over the years, so the upcoming fifth installment - Dead Men Tell No Tales - has been met with quite a bit of uncertainty.
The new movie screened at CinemaCon early this week, and fans are surprised to see the that the reactions from the press have been overwhelmingly positive.
Here's what some of the critics in attendance had to say about Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
ComicBook.com's own Brandon Davis was at the screening, and he thought the movie was a great ride all-around.
Saw Pirates 5 at CinemaCon last night. Franchise fans will love it but it can also stand on its on. Brilliant VFX & great, fun performances.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) March 29, 2017
Jack Sparrow always has a plan. And they're always fun to watch.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) March 29, 2017
Falls under the"brilliant performances" category. Still, I think the effects and gigantic action set pieces steal the show. https://t.co/YmRPRZjpyT— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) March 29, 2017
Visual Effects Were The Highlight
Some complained that the fourth Pirates movie lacked in the visual department. They had plenty of complaints, but that was one of the biggest.
According to this early audience, Dead Men Tell No Tales does nothing but excel in that department.
Also new Pirates of the Caribbean the VFX are *really* well done. Had no ending credits so not sure if it has after credits scene.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 29, 2017
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
Story Is Engaging
Fans have had trouble keeping up with the messy story and characters in the Pirates franchise since the first film.
This installment seems to have fixed the problem, and has folks excited about the new plot.
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Takes has most heart since first movie. (1) #CinemaCon2017— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) March 29, 2017
New "Pirates of the Caribbean" has good pacing, solid action and a menacing villain in Javier Bardem. #CinemaCon2017— Sean P. Means (@moviecricket) March 29, 2017
Much More Like The Original
Everyone loved the original Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. When the next three films didn't feel like the original, people started to lose interest.
If these reactions are accurate, the new installment will take you back to the good ole' days.