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A few years ago I worked a local press/fan screening for a movie where I got to interview and photograph the talent and have round table discussion the following day. It was a highlight for me because I love being able to share these stories with you, and I was excited about the movie. This past week I was able to experience something I never have before, and that is walking the red carpet. I have no glitz or glam but I clean up pretty nicely and I can Disney Bound like a boss. Which is precisely what I did for the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales U.S. premiere.
The premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales didn't actually have a red carpet but an ocean turquoise blue one. They also brought a bunch of fans out and put them right on the red carpet to see the stars and take pictures with everyone. They also had some great props like the Devil's Triangle and the black and gold skull from the movie poster.
I finally found the perfect reason to break out my Mad Hatter Military Vest. I paired it with a white ruffled blouse and a pleated black skirt (with pockets!) I found some cute red ballet flats to match my red purse and the red lining from my vest. I curled my hair and attempted a pirate smokey eye look with plenty of black eyeliner. Finished my look with a red lip (Brick from Lipsense)
It helped that I had such a great red carpet buddy to help me take pictures. We switched phones and took pictures of each other the whole night. This was our first Disney Press trip, so we got to experience everything together.
The carpet walk was a lot of fun. We got there early because there was a pre-party for guests to take pictures, have a bite to eat, and do some fun activities before the movie started. We went inside before the main talent arrived. After sipping on some pirate punch and grilled cheese sandwiches, we roamed around the different levels of the Dolby Theater meeting celebrities and doing some of the activities (airbrush tattoos, making a star finder). I ran into a few great people including Cameron Boyce (Descendents), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), and John Voight!
We were lucky enough to have fantastic seats in the beautiful Dolby Theater (the same theater they host the Academy Awards in) and the stars, producer, and directors came out on stage to say hey and pose for some photos. Check out the video of them walking out on stage!
What an amazing group! I was a little giddy about Johnny coming out on stage. He is one of my favorite actors, the characters he chooses to portray are incredible. Jack Sparrow is the best one though. No one could have played that character and made him the loveable pirate like he has. That doesn't change in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. There is still a lot of rum, flirting and wiggly eye movement from Jack Sparrow. This adventure gives us a great look at the back story of some of the beloved characters. Most notably being Jack. We get to see a young Jack Sparrow as part of the crew that has been attacked my the ruthless pirate hunter; Captain Salazar played by Javier Bardem. We discover how he becomes Captain and how he saved the crew that day by bringing down Captain Salazar in the Devil's Triangle. While the previous story about how Jack came about owning the mysterious compass changes in this film (previously acquiring it from Tia Dalma), it makes more sense and plays an important role in Dead Men Tell No Tales.
We also get two new characters to the franchise that play a valuable role in the quest for Poseidon's trident. While each person is looking for the Trident for their own purpose, they all boil down to one thing. It can help them all in some form. For Henry Turner, played by the handsome Aussie Brenton Thwaites, it's freeing his father, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) from his curse on the Flying Dutchman. A story that all of the fans will be happy to see followed through on.
My favorite new addition to the story is that of Carina Smyth, played by the beautiful Kaya Scodelario. Her role in this heavily male dominated film takes the place of Elizabeth Swann and Angelica (Stranger Tides) but in a new fashion. To me, Elizabeth Swann was always the damsel in distress that needed saving. Angelica could hold her own as a pirate, but I felt like her character was lacking something as well. Carina is a woman of science and headstrong. She is following a path of the stars to find answers about her past. She is the perfect addition with the loss of the previous leading ladies. We do get a brief moment with Elizabeth Swann (Turner) though.
While the trailer does say this is the final adventure, and the movie could be considered a final look towards the horizon, make sure you stay through the credits. There is an end credits scene you won't want to miss. There were whispers on the carpet of a POTC6 though, fingers crossed.
I don't want to give too much away because there are some great plot twists. Make sure to catch my interviews with the cast and directors coming up this week. The movie is action packed and I highly recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D because it is a sight! This is one of those movies that was made to see in the theaters because the special effects are mind blowing. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters May 26th.
Here are more great photos from the premiere. Use the arrows under the picture to see them all.
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