Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ScreenX review

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now in theaters. And if you’re looking to enhance your movie-going experience, you should check out the film in the ScreenX format. In a regular theater setting, you only get to see the action on one screen. With ScreenX, the format expands to three walls, giving you a 270-degree viewing immersive experience.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the latest film in the franchise that follows Captain Jack Sparrow as he embarks on a journey to find the Trident of Poseidon. Furthermore, the Trident will give its wielder power over the seas.

With the ScreenX format, audiences will feel as if they’re sailing the high seas with Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew. The vast ocean expands onto three walls and transforms the theater into a grand spectacle. It’s kind of like using VR, but without the feeling of being in a tight space due to the headset wrapping around your head. There’s a scene that involved Captain Salazar going after Captain Jack Sparrow, and it’s an epic ship chase sequence that really draws you into the action.

The ScreenX format does leave a lot to be desired though. The reason for this is that not all of the film takes advantage of it. It can get quite jarring when the film switches from the regular one screen to the immersive three screens. The team behind the format tries to make it as smooth as possible by having the side screens slowly expand. The closest thing I can compare this to is my experience with The Dark Knight. That film mainly shoots in 35mm with some scenes shot in IMAX. However, for ScreenX, it’s more noticeable since it uses three walls.

It’s still recommended to watch a film in the ScreenX format if audiences want to experience something grand and new.

Also, make sure to check if your ScreenX screening will have subtitles. I watched it at the CGV Cinema in Koreatown, LA, and my screening had Korean subtitles. If subtitles don’t bother you, then step on board for an immersive adventure… all inside a large auditorium.

With that said, there’s plenty of potential for the ScreenX format. Here’s hoping that future screenings will use these suggestions.

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