Captain Jack is back but what about the critical acclaim?
That's the question after "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" screened for the first time for select press and theater exhibitors at CinemaCon on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Johnny Depp returns as Sparrow in the fifth film of the franchise, which kicked off with strong reviews and big box office with "The Curse of the Black Pearl" almost 14 years ago. The fourth feature, "On Stranger Tides," was the last to drop in 2011, but wasn't met with the same fanfare as the previous installments.
Thankfully, most of the early buzz from the screening agrees on one thing: the fifth film is much better than the last one.
See some of the reaction below. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" doesn't hit theaters until May 26, 2017.
Read the reactions below:
Like I predicted, Pirates 5 will be the best since the first, which is awesome because the 1st is in my top 5 movies!— Jonathan Edewaard (@wesleyasyouwish) March 29, 2017
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
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
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 Takes has most heart since first movie. (1) #CinemaCon2017— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) March 29, 2017
Pirates 5 not as funny or epic as first 3 (yes) but way better than 4. Great ending. You may cry. Impressive visual effects. #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
You might be surprised to hear me say this but I really dug the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Action set pieces are a lot of fun. pic.twitter.com/mluWwqyU8r— 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
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