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"Definitely the best one since the first" - the early reactions to Pirates of the Caribbean 5 are surprisingly good

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales doesn’t sail into theaters for nearly another two months, but Disney decided to screen the film for some theater owners and press during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation last week. Full reviews of the movie are still under embargo, but we’ve collected a selection of Twitter reactions and are able to piece together the general feeling people have about the new movie.

The short answer: against all odds, Dead Men Tell No Tales seems like a nice surprise. The fourth entry, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, was extremely disappointing and made the case that Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow works much better in a supporting capacity than as the character with the weight of the entire film on his shoulders. These reactions seem to indicate that Disney learned the right lessons from that movie and have steered the franchise back into enjoyable waters once again.

Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, and Kaya Scodelario, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be released in cinemas on May 26, 2017. If you’re interested, you can watch a featurette that includes some explosive new footage.

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Ben is an entertainment journalist who has written about movies online for nearly a decade. He loves the Fast & Furious franchise, prefers Indiana Jones to Star Wars, and will defend the ending of Lost until his dying day. He shook Bill Murray's hand once (so he's got that going for him, which is nice). Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife.