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Posted: June 1, 2020 at 7:55 pm
Palo is one of the most luxurious restaurants onboard any Disney Cruise Line ship. The Italian-inspired restaurant can be found on all four ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet (the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder).
Known for its high-end dining experience, Palo offers an exceptional menu and delicious cocktail options. Here, were sharing Palos Bloody Mary recipe, perfect for your next brunch!
Next time youre aboard the Disney Wonder, the Disney Magic, the Disney Fantasy, or the Disney Dream, make sure to get a Palo reservation so you can enjoy the restaurants Northern Italian cuisine.
Next time youre looking for a cocktail to transport you to a vacation state-of-mind, try these drink recipes straight from Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in KoOlina, Hawaii.
You can also recreate these delicious cocktails from Trader Sams at Disneyland Resort in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Are you excited to try the Palo Bloody Mary recipe or another Disney cocktail at home for happy hour?
EarthX to Celebrate World Oceans Week in Partnership with the National Geographic Society – Brenham Banner Press
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DALLAS, June 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthX and the National Geographic Society will convene virtually to celebrate World Oceans Week from June 9-11 at EarthX.org. EarthxOcean will bring together cross-disciplinary innovators driving solutions to the most pressing threats facing our oceans. These solutions will be explored through conversations, film screenings and extended reality experiences highlighting the power of science and storytelling to unlock the impact potential of communities across cultures, generations and ideologies.
Titled for its mission, Protecting the Life Systems of the Ocean will be introduced by Trammell S. Crow, Founder of EarthX, Michael L. Ulica, president and COO of the National Geographic Society and Danni Washington, conference moderator, followed by a welcome note from Robert and Sybille Szaggars Redford who will be introducing their environmental film series The Way of the Rain - Reflections on Earth. The conferences will bring together leading voices in ocean conservation including renowned National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Enric Sala and Dr. Sylvia Earle, who will start the conversation with storied conservationists Julie Packard and Fabien Cousteau kicking off a three-day program that will cover some the most critical issues threatening the greatest life source of our planet.
High Seas Protection | As the region of the global ocean that is beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas include some of the least protected and most critically threatened ecosystems in the world. EarthX offers a platform for members of the High Seas Alliance and mission-aligned partners, who work together to inform and engage the public, decision-makers and experts to support and strengthen high seas governance and conservation.
The lawlessness of the high seas will furthermore be explored through musical storytelling with the EarthXR presentation of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Based on The New York Times best-selling book by Ian Urbina, The Outlaw Ocean, the session will feature visuals from this lawless realm alongside music produced for the project featuring rhythmic sounds as a medium to raise awareness and stoke a sense of urgency about the human rights, labor and environmental abuses that occur at sea.EarthxFilm will showcase Watson, thestory ofCaptain Paul Watson,co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd, who has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean's wildlife and its habitat.
Coral Reef Conservation & Restoration | Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species on the planet, but make up only 0.1% of our ocean. This essential source of life in our ocean's ecosystem is being destroyed at an unprecedented rate from rising water temperatures, acidification, destructive fishing practices, and pollution. EarthX is assembling leading ocean conservationists across the world to address these threats and introduce solutions at an industry and individual level, mapping out a path forward for collective and long-lasting protection of our coral reefs.
EarthxFilm will bring this issue to life through the screening of Chasing Coral, an ocean adventure directedby Jeff Orlowski with a mission to discover why reefs are disappearing and revealing the underwater worlds of our changing oceans. EarthXR will also transport audiences to the depths of our ocean through virtual dives with National Geographic Explorer Erika Woolsey and Underwater Earth Co-Founder Christophe Bailhache, immersing audiences in the underwater worlds of coral reefs while illustrating the importance of their conservation.
Ocean Plastic Solutions | With over 8 million tons of plastic dumped in our ocean every year, plastic waste has become ubiquitous and has found its way into the air we breathe and the food we eat with the average person ingesting the equivalent of 1 credit card a week in microplastics. EarthX will host leaders in ocean plastic solutions to highlight this critical issue and introduce innovative solutions across categories including technology, policy and activism in a session featuring youth leader and Founder of Bye-Bye Plastic Melati Wijsen.
Sustainable Fisheries| Overfishing and destructive fishing practices have led to the alarming depletion of global fish populations, with a potential collapse of the world's fisheries projected by 2048. EarthX is catalyzing awareness around the issue and the need for sustainable fisheries by gathering leading experts and solution-drivers including Global Fishing Watch Co-Founder and President of SkyTruth John Amos and Seafood Watch's Senior Aquaculture Scientist Taylor Voorhees.
EarthxFilm presents an intimate perspective on the devastating impact of overfishing with their screening of Current Sea, directed by Christopher Smith. The film captures the illegal fishing practices threatening Cambodia's once robust seascape, following the journey of expats who are determined to end this system.
Registration is free and details are available at http://www.EarthX.org.
ABOUT EarthX EarthXconvenes the world's largest environmental expo, conference and film festival, and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Founded in 2011 by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions.In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental business leaders, 700 exhibitors, 450 speakers, 63 films and 49 Eco-virtual reality experiences. Earthx2020 was held virtually from April 16-26 and drew over 550,000 visitors worldwide. Visitwww.EarthX.orgor follow us @earthxorg onInstagram, Twitter, andFacebook.
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Krista figures it costs about US$2,500 a month to live the lifestyle. That includes capital outlays such as replacing the engines and rudders after hitting a semi-submerged fishing boat in the dark of night.
Modern-day pirates of the Caribbean if youll pardon the expression, but they do exist pose a threat, so boat owners tend to group together and sail as a convoy through dangerous waters.
The family has swum with a whale shark, with dolphins and sea lions, sea turtles, a school of silky sharks, and groups of kites hundreds strong.
Krista and Brad each lost their fathers early in life. Thats why they made thedaunting and heart-wrenching decision, against the advice of their families and friends, to sell almost everything and sail the blue yonder.
I cant say its been easy, I cant say its always been safe, Brad said. But I can say its always been amazing.
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Singular, one of a kind, independent.
Among her peers, the 236-foot superyacht Solo lives up to her name. Delivered in 2018 by Italys Tankoa shipyard, Solo was designed with parameters that were very different than most other superyachts in her category. With roughly half the internal volume of similar 230-ft.-plus yachts, shes more fuel efficient and easier to maneuver. Solo also has one of the most environmentally friendly exhaust systems of any superyacht on the water.
The yacht has claimed multiple awards for her unique design, but reducing the internal volume accomplished more than creating a sleek profile, says Captain Andrew Johnson, who gave Robb Report an exclusive virtual tour of the boat.
The 236-foot yacht is less beamy and more slender than other yachts in her class, but the designers did not leave out multiple social areas like the sundeck.
Her naval architecture makes her extremely efficient, says Johnson. We have a higher cruising speed of 14.5 knots without burning too much fuel and at that speed we have a 3,800-mile range. After a 12-day crossing from Genoa, Italy to Florida, we still had 35 percent of our fuel left.
The propulsion system was also engineered to be more environmentally friendly than other vessels in her class. Were the only yacht that Im aware of that runs a urea injection system on our main engine exhausts to decrease emissions, Johnson says. This echo spray system is more commonly found on cruise ships. We were the test for vessels this size.
The Hug engineering and exhaust filters on the engines not only reduce emissions, but also let guests swim around the yacht, without the sight or smell of engine fumes.
The interior is more cosmopolitan than most superyachts, such as the grand piano and contemporary bar in the main salon.
Beyond the eco edge, Solo has a very distinctive look, with a dark-gray hull that makes a bold first impression and cosmopolitan interior that looks more like a New York City penthouse than a typical superyacht. The designers combined all sorts of materials, including white onyx, grained woods, and even leather floors.
There are also technical nuggets hidden in the design, including floor-to-ceiling glass windows. If you view the yacht from a distance it looks like high-gloss paint, but it is in fact glass with paint behind it, says Johnson, adding that it provides a way to see out, but not into the yacht. Its also really easy to maintain.
Solo has successfully chartered in and around the Mediterranean, as well as in the Caribbean, British Virgin Islands. Thanks to her 11-foot draft, she has also cruised the Bahamas.
The yacht also kid-friendly areas like the three-foot deep, 21-foot pool on the aft deck.
Set up for families with young children, Solo has distinct social areas that guests tend to gravitate towards. These include the winter garden on the main deck aft, which provides both privacy and views. The large salon on the bridge deck, with piano and contemporary bar, also provides the option of al-fresco dining. The 21-foot aft-deck pool, at three feet deep, is an ideal play area for kids.
Forward of the wheelhouse is the Portuguese bridge with enough seating for 18 people, while the dedicated owners deck includes a jacuzzi, and exclusive access to the sundeck.
The sundeck is the preferred area on board because its so private, says Johnson. Theres just one way in and no one can see you from anywhere else on the boat. In front of the owners suite, theres also a wraparound deck with a plunge pool, again affording complete privacy.
The darker, more somber colors are a striking contrast to the lightness of Solos exterior.
The owners deck also includes a studio, or master relaxation room, that can be used as a study, reading room or private treatment room for the owners. A second relaxation room on the deck below is used for guest massages. In the evening, the bridge-deck salon or aft area becomes the hub where cocktails and hors doeuvres are served.
One of the problems with a virtual tour is that its difficult to accurately gauge the size of rooms or the types of materials. I found the same with Solo, with her broad combination of stones, woods and fabrics. The onyx, marbles and high-gloss cabinetry get lost when viewed in virtual reality. But Johnsons fondness for the mix of flooringwood interspersed with silk carpeting and with leatherbrought it back into focus.
Im in the wheelhouse at the moment, standing on a leather floor, he says. You dont get that often.
Solo is listed with Northrop & Johnson for $74.5 million. Here is a video tour.
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In his new book, Enemy of All Mankind, Steven Johnson writes about the first global manhunt, which occurred near the end of the 17th century, after the notorious English pirate captain Henry Every commandeered an attack on the Mughal treasure ship Ganj-i-Sawai.
One of the origin points of this project for me was years and years ago, Johnson says. When my children were very young, we went to Disney World and we went on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and it was right after 9/11. And I had this thought, as I was floating down the little canals of that ride and the songs are being sung and everything, that the pirates were the terrorists of the 1700s and 1600s. They were these terrifying figures who would show up out of nowhere and burn your village down and attack the women, and people lived in abject fear of them. And here it was 300 years later, and its just kind of a childrens story. So that link between pirates and terrorism, which is something that runs kind of subtly through Enemy of All Mankind, actually began on that Disney World ride in some ways.
Want to read Stephen King but unsure of where to start? Gilbert Cruz, the editor of The Timess Arts section, visits the podcast to discuss his guide to Kings essential works. One of the amazing things about King is, of course, how many books hes written, and within his oeuvre the many different kinds of genres that he has dipped into, Cruz says. In his later years, hes written detective novels, some of them have a little tinge of the supernatural. He recommends The Outsider in this vein. Its a great crime novel, theres sort of a spooky undertone to the whole thing.
Also on this weeks episode, Alexandra Alter has news from the publishing world; and Gregory Cowles and John Williams talk about what people are reading. Pamela Paul is the host.
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Each year millions of people hit the high seas to enjoy going on a cruise. If youre a first-time cruiser, you might be wondering how to pick a cruise.
Which cruise is going to be the most fun? Which cruise is going to fit the way you travel best? We are here to help you figure out how to choose a cruise.
Continue reading this article and we will help you if youre asking, Which cruise is best for me?
Before you start looking at cruises, its important to get an idea of what type of cruise youre interested in. Are you looking for something for you and the family like a Disney or Nickelodeon cruise? Or maybe you are interested in a cruise that is geared toward adults.
Defining your goals for the cruise will help you weed out the ones you know immediately are not going to be for you.
Another major player in choosing the right cruise for you is your budget. You might see some cruises you are interested in, but if you look at the price tag, you might be taken aback. There are some pretty pricey luxury cruises that catch your eye, but you dont want to put your vacation on a high-interest credit card.
If you see a cruise that you especially like that you cant afford, there are some tricks you can use to go on the cruise at a cheaper price.
It isnt hard to get better prices on cruises if you know a few things.
If you keep these things in mind when youre getting ready to book a cruise, youll be able to get a good price on your cruise.
Before booking cruises, there are four major things to take into account before booking your trip and hitting the open seas.
Cruises lines are mixing it up. If there are certain things you expect out of a cruise, you need to look to see if that cruise line offers it or not. Some cruise lines target active crowds, others target those that want to lounge or people that have children and need childcare throughout the day.
You can even find some more niche cruise lines that allow you to immerse yourself in different types of experiences. Do some research on the different lines that look like a good fit for you and then its time to go on to the next part.
If youve found a line that you like, its time to look at the ships they have available. The larger the ship you choose, the more there is to do and the busier you can be while youre on board in most cases. If youre on a big ship, youll have to go to the larger ports that are bustling and buzzing.
If you want to go to tiny islands, youre going to have to find a super small ship that can make their way in there. Smaller ships generally come with a higher price tag, so keep that in mind when youre booking your cruise.
When youre looking at the price of the tickets, make sure to figure out if the ship is all-inclusive or if youre going to have to pay for things when youre onboard the ship. If you plan on eating a lot or if you want to go see a lot of shows, you might want to find a cruise line that offers an all-inclusive option.
Some cruises even include complimentary offshore excursions to make sure you have the best time possible on their cruise.
Your head might start spinning with all the different types of cabins available on a ship. While smaller ships are going to have a lower number of options, there is still a lot to think about.
Do you want an inside cabin, outside cabin, or do you want a room with a balcony?
If you want the most basic, budget option then an inside cabin is the way to go. Cabins with balconies are the most expensive and luxurious out of all the cabins available.
When you have a large family, you might need to get multiple rooms because of the limit on the room. You can ask for adjoining cabins, so it is easy to keep an eye on everyone.
Choosing the port you depart from shouldnt only be about how close it is to your home. There are other factors you need to think about if you want to enjoy the best cruise.
For instance, if youre thinking of heading out on your trip from Florida,Port Canaveral is a popular spot. There are lots of reasonswhy you should choose this port from the central Florida location, the top cruise lines that leave from the port to its proximity to the beach.
Now you know how to pick a cruise. Youll be able to choose a cruise that is best for you, so you can have an amazing time while out on the water.
Do you want to learn more about other topics like this? Make sure to continue through our blog section for more.
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Smithsonian Summer Adventures Offer Live Virtual Learning Experiences for Kids – The Southern Maryland Chronicle
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Kids Can Spend the Hottest Hours of the Summer With the SmithsonianOnlineNews Release, Smithsonian Institutes
Smithsonian Associates presents Smithsonian Summer Adventures, a new series of weeklong virtual learning experiences introducing the world of the Smithsonian to children entering kindergarten through 11th grade in the fall. Over 50 live, interactive adventures will be held Monday, June 29Friday, Aug. 21. Kids and teens can explore Smithsonian collections and themes during these specially designed sessionslive, facilitated activities with peers take place online along with additional challenges and projects to continue offline.
For the youngest adventurers (grades K2), Smithsonian themes are explored through stories, songs, movement, games, craft, object discovery and virtual museum visits. Each week focuses on a different themefrom the oceans to outer space, from mammals to dinosaurs and morethrough one hour of live online interaction with instructors. Sessions include ABCs of the Smithsonian, Out of This World, Junior Paleontologists, Pattern Hunters and Worlds Underwater.
Students (grades 36) can take on the Great Smithsonian Caper! Kids can discover the amazing Smithsonian collection while trying to thwart a master villain. Weekly offerings include virtual visits to Smithsonian museums, hands-on projects, conversations with experts, plus a digital escape room or scavenger hunt in which adventurers must work together to prevail. Two hours of live online interaction with a team of instructors and other peers plus daily challenges off-screen will foil the villains plans by the end of the week. Sessions include Around the World in Five Days, Safari Sleuths, Cosmic Caper and Voyage on the High Seas.
Teens (grades 711) can sign up for Smithsonian Masterclassesweeklong focused studio courses where participants can develop specialized skills, socialize and interact with other teens and learn from professional practitioners. With two hours of daily live online workshops on coding, photography, painting, drawing, comics and more, teens practice, experiment and collaborate in the development of personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections.
History comes alive in one-week Soldiers and Dioramas sessions (grades 711) where teens find a new dimensiona miniature oneto learning about some of the most important battles in history. Participants receive two hours of live online history instruction and two hours of live online-facilitated diorama construction each day, making their own terrain boards and leading troops of 1/72-scale soldiers in war games that offer vivid insights into the military strategies and conflicts that have shaped the world.
Prices for weeklong Smithsonian Summer Adventures vary depending on membership status and session length. Adventures for grades K2, which are one-hour live sessions each day, are $95$110 for non-members and $80$95 for Smithsonian Associates members. Adventures for grades 36 and Masterclasses for grades 711, which are two-hour live sessions each day, are $135$170 for non-members and $120$150 for Associates members. Soldiers and Dioramas at Home, which include two days of four-hour live sessions, are $185 for non-members and $165 for members; this cost includes the prices of a mailed kit of diorama-building supplies. Online registration begins Wednesday, June 3, at 10 a.m. For more information, the public may visithttp://smithsonianassociates.org/camp.
For 55 years, Smithsonian Associatesthe largest museum-based education program in the worldhas produced vibrant educational and cultural programming that brings the Smithsonian to life. Inspired by the Smithsonians research, collections and exhibitions nearly 1,000 public programs spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages each year.
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Considered to be one of the most prominent anime TV series around, One Piece is adapted from an adventure/fantasy manga of the same name by Japanese artist Eiichiro Oda and has proved popular among enthusiasts of both media.
Alongside One Piece, in the world of anime in particular, some series have become known as the essentials over the years and this includes well-known favourites such as Dragon Ball, Naruto and Bleach.
One Piece tells a story of the adventures of Monkey D Luffy, a boy who becomes inspired by his childhood hero, the powerful pirate known as Red Haired Shanks, and sets off on a journey from the East Blue Sea to find the greatest treasure left by the legendary pirate Gold Roger and become the next Pirate King.
Endowed with a stretching ability after he accidentally eats the legendary gum-gum devils fruit, Luffy travels towards the sea alone where he is able to gather a crew named as the Straw Hat Pirates.
The Straw Hat Pirates, a crew of ten pirates captained by Luffy, include the swordsman Roronoa Zoro, the navigator Nami, the sharp-shooter Usopp, the cook and martial artist Vinsmoke Sanji, the doctor Chopper, the archaeologist Nico Robin, the cyborg shipwright Franky, the living skeleton musician Brook, and the fish-man helmsman Jinbei.
They sail across the seas in pursuit of their dreams where they encounter many challenges including other pirates, bounty hunters, criminal organisations, revolutionaries, secret agents, soldiers of the corrupt World Government and other various friends and enemies.
Many of the characters are human but possess various superhuman and supernatural abilities that they gain by eating Devil Fruits and in this series, characters also include giants, mermen and mermaids, fish-men, sky people, minks and others.
While the popular series is generally light-hearted in its tone, it also created sad and heart-breaking moments, some of which were so significant that they sent ripples throughout the world of One Piece and among fans.
One Piece is produced by Toei Animation and has aired episodes since 1999. At of the time of writing, it has produced 20 seasons with 929 episodes and is still on-going.
One Piece also been 14 films since 2000, where the latest, One Piece: Stampede, was released in 2019 and was also shown at our local cinemas.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Toei Animation has announced a hiatus for the release of episode 930 onwards to preserve the health of Toei Animation staff.
Even though One Piece has been a long journey for anime fans, the series has never been disappointing with its amazing details and storyline.
Local One Piece fan Afif Afnan, who has watched the series since 2008, said, One Piece has very interesting and complex characters with lot of great plots and scenes, and also heart-breaking stories. Those are the reasons I am still watching it. I just cant wait for the release of the next episode.
Another local fan of the series highlighted that One Piece is one of the best animes around.
I have watched the series since 2005 and I watched all over again from the first episode while waiting for the new episodes to be released, and Ive never been bored.
I have watched dozens of heart-wrenching moments of One Piece to full light-hearted adventures which make me thrilled and emotional at the same time.
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One of my favorite things about Sea of Thieves is doing Tall Tales, the complex, multi-part adventures that collectively make up the game's narrative backbone. One of my least-favorite things is that they can't be saved midpoint: If you quit before you're finished, all progress and rewards will be lost. That's not great for players who can't afford to sink hours at a time into a single session, especially when it comes to a few of the boss fights, which can be a massive hassle.
Thankfully, the new Lost Treasures update has finally done away with that aggravation by adding checkpoints, which will enable you to bail out midway through an adventure and then come back to it later. New Tall Tale tooltips on the map will also improve life on the high seas by making it easier to stay on top of where you're going and what you're doing.
Lost Treasures also adds daily bounties, with gold and doubloon rewards that will vary based on the difficulty of the task: Maybe you'll have to kill some skeletons, or maybe you'll just need to get drunk and vomit on the floor. (Developer Rare noted that the daily bounty reset time in the video is a bit off: It's actually 12 am UTC, which works out to 1 am BST/5 pm PDT the previous day.)
New regular events will also make it easier to earn money: Every day between 10 and 11 am PT, and 6 and 7 pm PT, players will earn extra gold for cashing in loot, and every Friday will feature Fort Nights (clever), with increased rewards for stronghold items found in forts.
New time-limited events are also on the way. Players can earn ancient coins by turning in Ruby Splashtails to Hunter's Call, while the Reaper's Bones is offering bonus rewards, including new emotes, for Reaper's Chests and Bounties. Beginning on June 10, a new Blighted ship set will also be available to players who can complete the multi-trading-company Blighted Bonus event, inspired by the zombie survival game State of Decay. All of the ongoing events can be followed on the new Sea of Thieves event hub.
The Sea of Thieves Lost Treasures update is live now, and full patch notes are available at seaofthieves.com. And in case you hadn't heard, Sea of Thieves will finally debut on Steam on June 3.
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Here's how thePirates of the Caribbean movie series ranks from worst to best. They say anything can be given the movie treatment, but few would've expected a movie based on a theme park ride to become one of the highest grossing franchises in cinematic history. Indeed,Pirates of the Caribbean has a lot to answer for. Jerry Bruckheimer's nautical yarn cemented the A-list status of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, while giving Johnny Depp arguably his most famous movie role. Captain Jack Sparrow would go on to become a film icon, and thePirates of the Caribbean series spearheaded a new generation of billion-dollar blockbusters.
There's a distinct split in thePirates of the Caribbean story. The initial trilogy of movies tell a fairly self-contained tale with the same crop of characters, but the subsequent 2 films are merely set within the same world and featured markedly different casts with only a select few familiar faces. A sixth entry is on the cards too, with Disney keen to keep one of their biggest properties alive, but details and casting remain unknown at present.
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Pirates of the Caribbean might've changed the game at the box office, but has weathered stormier seas critically, with fan reaction and reviews varying wildly across the series. As a result, a general consensus on the franchise's trajectory has developed over time that audiences and critics generally agree upon. This is our ranking of the 5Pirates of the Caribbean movies from worst to best.
After the originalPirates of the Caribbean trilogy ended, the franchise found itself at a crossroads. Captain Jack'sdesire to seek out the Fountain of Youth set up a potential fourth movie, butAt World's End had more or less brought the series to a natural conclusion.On Stranger Tides was the first test of whether Depp's character could carry the property without support from the likes of Bloom and Knightley and while the answer, financially speaking, was a resounding "yes," the fourthPirates of the Caribbean film is generally considered the weakest effort in the series by some margin. Uniting Depp and Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa with newcomers Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz as Blackbeard and his daughter,On Stranger Tides certainly didn't lack for star power.
Unfortunately, the film lacks almost everywhere else. The adventure to find the Fountain of Youth is a simple premise, but one thatstill manages to feelerratic, all while lackingthe fun sense of swashbuckling exploration and danger that madePirates of the Caribbean a world-beating franchise in the first place. Predictably, the performances are strong, particularly from Depp and Rush, but Blackbeard and Angelica fail to spark the same likability or interest as the cast of the original trilogy. That's mostly the fault of the script, which barely allows room for character development among the glut of action sequences.On Stranger Tidesis, in essence,Pirates of the Caribbean lite; an overly-familiar, by-the-numbers retread that passes by without event.
At World's Endfalls victim to 2 very common movie trilogy problems. Firstly, it fails to stick the highly-anticipated landing, and secondly, the film tries to outdo all previous entries in spectacle and bombast. The final installment of the originalPirates of the Caribbeanwas the craziest yet and while it's difficult to jump the shark in a franchise that has a villainous human squid and 18th century eyeliner,At World's Endgives a damn good try. On one hand, the third installment retains thatearlyPirates magic and rounds off the stories of Jack, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann in more or less satisfying fashion. The destination isn't necessarily the problem inAt World's End, which is solid in its action, performances and spirit - it's the voyage to get there.
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As a (supposedly) final chapter,At World's End doesn't cut to the heart of the matter. New characters,fresh plot threads andemerginglore take up plenty of space in the already-bursting script, leaving very little room for characters to breathe, but necessitating plenty of exposition and setupbefore reaching the grand finale, which is arguably overshadowed by the climaxes of its predecessors anyway. Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski's (originalPirates of the Caribbean director) final collaboration on the high seas is far messier thanOn Stranger Tides and much more convoluted, but it does entertain more reliably.
The most recentPirates of the Caribbean offering posted the lowest box office since 2003 but was actually one of the better entries in Captain Jack's can(n)on. Wisely moving away fromOn Stranger Tides and into fresh waters entirely,Dead Men Tell No Tales makes another astute creative change by introducing younger blood in the form of Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario.Andit's difficult to go wrong with Javier Bardem on villain duty. Aside from an improved cast that brings back familiar faces without relying on them,this fifth voyage feels lighter both in terms of content and tone,making use of a streamlined plot and a return to the spirit of old. However, likeThe Force Awakens to 1977'sStar Wars,Dead Men Tell No Tales sometimes veers too close to the original's format and risks feeling derivative.
It would be a stretch to suggest thatDead Men Tell No Tales breathes new life intoPirates of the Caribbean, but it at least throws out a lifeline that steadies the franchise's rapidly diminishing returns. Disney might've hoped that Thwaites and Scodelariowould lead a Depp-free future forPirates of the Caribbean, but the studio's lack of urgency in making a follow-up proves such ideas wereoverly-optimistic. The rumored casting of Karen Gillan as a brand new protagonist hints at yetanother change of direction whenPirates of the Caribbean sails once again.
Sequels are always a tricky business, and it's hard to argue thatDead Man's Chest is an improvement uponThe Curse of the Black Pearlwith a straight face. Splitting up the core cast means every main character has their own distinct motivations, which in turn makes for a more complicated plot within a movie that was already going "bigger" in terms of visuals and action sequences. While nowhere near asdisjointed as the subsequent 2 efforts would be,Dead Man's Chest does at times feel like a movie studio realizing the value ofPirates of the Caribbean and trying to angle for further installments instead of delivering the direct-to-the-veins shot of pirate goodness that wasThe Curse of the Black Pearl. HadDead Man's Chestincluded the rescue of Captain Jack as a finale instead of aiming for a cliffhanger, the sequel might've really been onto something.
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As it stands,Dead Man's Chest remains a worthy continuation of thePirates of the Caribbean world, and the franchise wouldn't have enjoyed such longevity had the initial sequel not delivered at least a little bit. Johnny Depp refines his performance as Jack Sparrow, the addition of Bill Nighy as Davy Jones is wonderful and as much asDead Man's Chest meanders around its central story, the world-building does serve to paint a more vivid and detailed fictional world. That's not to say the second film rocks the boat - the formula of the first is very much intact - but there is a subtle evolution that seesDead Man's Chest take itself atouch more seriously, not necessarily to its benefit.
By some distance, the very firstPirates of the Caribbean movie remains the one to beat andan archetype for modern franchise-building blockbusters.The Curse of the Black Pearl represented pirates on a previously unseen cinematic scale and the combination of action, humor and colorful characters ensured near-universal appeal. The visuals are stunning and although later installments would make use of improved CGI,The Curse of the Black Pearl doesn't let the sights, sounds and explosions get in the way of good characters. Free from the burden of expectation,Pirates of the Caribbean was also a (slightly) more grounded experience in 2003, introducing touches of mystical sea lore rather than huge swathes of it.
And of course,a huge part ofThe Curse of the Black Pearl's success comes from the novelty of seeing Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow for the very first time. By film 3, Sparrow was quickly developing intoa parody of himself, forcing Depp to try and out-kook himself in order to retainhis trademarkunpredictability. In his debut, however, Sparrow is a breath of fresh air in an industry that so often reuses cookie-cutter lead characters. Subsequent entries might boast bigger budgets and shinier effects, butThe Curse of the Black Pearl does a lot more with less and almost 20 years later, it's still difficult to come away not feeling entertained. Whatever the future holds for Captain Jack and his fellowPirates of the Caribbean, Disney will be hard-pressed to match this modern classic and the legacy it still holds.
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