2/4, 2010s, Espen Sandberg, Fantasy, Joachim Rønning, Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

#4 in my ranking of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This is more of what I might have expected from a corporate driven sequel to the first film in the series. A somewhat competent repackaging of the original elements, essentially replaying everything one more time. After the profitable (but less so) On Stranger Tides… Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

0.5/4, 2010s, Fantasy, Review, Rob Marshall

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

#5 in my ranking of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I think it would be difficult to find another better example of the emptiness of corporate filmmaking than the fourth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides. Taking the interesting bits from the earlier films, tossing them completely, and placing… Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

2000s, 3/4, Fantasy, Gore Verbinski, Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

#3 in my ranking of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This is the least of the three original Pirates of the Caribbean movies, more overstuffed, unfocused, and all over the place tonally than the previous two films. However, it still has that overarching and earnest desire to entertain, this time on a larger scale,… Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

2000s, 3.5/4, Fantasy, Gore Verbinski, Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

#1 in my ranking of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I've always considered Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to be the best of the franchise pretty purely because of its tone. It feels most like the kind of fun adventure tale that each movie seems to shoot for. It has a better… Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest