Now proper off the bat, I wish to say this submit is not concerning the decline of writing or world constructing. I’m strictly talking about visuals (primarily the CGI however cinematography as effectively). Also Star Wars does not depend, simply because Lucas shifted from sensible to CGI doesn’t imply that the visuals do not look superb.
I deliver up Pirates, as a result of I just lately rewatched the collection and I used to be shocked at how superb [Davy Jones](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp1rS_UAvjs) and the remainder of the fishmen crew look. For a 2006 movie, it has no enterprise having such superb CGI. I might even go a step additional and argue that nothing since has been produced that rivals the authenticity/life-like look of these characters. Maybe Marvel with Groot and Rocket. [Barbossa](https://youtu.be/gdbh6GUJ5XY?t=100) and the remainder of the crew appeared fairly good within the first movie, however they had been nonetheless within the uncanny valley territory. I believe On Stranger Tides begins the decline, since a lot of the CGI went into the set dressing, ships, and Blackbeard’s magical ropes. The solely large humanoid CGI creatures had been the mermaids. All look good, however nothing as groundbreaking because the Flying Dutchman’s Crew or the kraken.
Then now we have the fifth movie. Oh god, [the sharks](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bche70g2lQI). The awkward animation of Salazar and the remainder of his crew. The bizarre ash impact. The floating hair. [De-aged Johnny Depp](https://youtu.be/RTN_7iFKURk?t=24). It simply seems to be so horrendous. The first movie’s “[Gents, take a walk](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ld6Wcf8guo&feature=youtu.be&t=118)” scene look so unimaginable and but Salazar and his crew operating on water seems to be so… [cartoony](https://youtu.be/Bche70g2lQI?t=191). Outside of the animation, the cinematography takes a large dip as effectively. I do know I hold pointing to the sharks scene, but it surely feels so clearly inexperienced screened. There’s additionally a tacky free-willy like slo-mo scene of the shark leaping above the boat.
No matter how arduous I believe, I can not consider another franchise that goes via such a drastic decline. There’s loads of CGI that hasn’t aged too effectively in movies like [The Matrix Reloaded](https://youtu.be/UvLQMMaVmzU?t=157), [The Return of the King](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSzBlmjNaxc), and [Spider-man 2](https://youtu.be/m8Jm9_iR6cg?t=145), however all of these had been making an attempt to push the bounds and had been nonetheless fairly good for his or her time. Pirates holds the distinct report of beginning off with good CGI, going to a groundbreaking stage, after which 15 years later ending up in a worse spot than the place it began.