Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will set sail this May, hoping to recapture some of the critical success that the Disney franchise enjoyed from its first outing, The Curse of the Black Pearl. Though all Pirates movies have been commercial hits, they have all become progressively weaker, with muddled plotlines and a multitude of characters making the movies difficult to follow or enjoy.
To that end, Disney are pushing the fifth Pirates installment almost as a soft reboot; bringing us a ghostly pirate tale that will hopefully allow Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush to shine as Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, respectively. New cast members include Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, Brenton Thwaites as Henry, and Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth. Orlando Bloom also reprises his role as Will Turner after sitting out the fourth movie.
To further build hype, a new trailer has surfaced. Check it out above.
There’s not an awful lot of new footage to be found, other than some slight expansion on Jack Sparrow scenes, such as his explanation for why he’s not wearing pants. “A great pirate does not require such intricacies,” he declares, though it’s more likely that he just lost them. He’s also still terrified of that monkey, with good reason. There’s a little more of Carina, too, who is possibly the most intriguing of all the new characters since we already know of Salazar’s backstory. She is a woman of science, that much is made clear, and she bases her beliefs and knowledge in fact. As Barbossa once said to Elizabeth Swann: “You’d best start believing in ghost stories; you’re in one.”
So far, Dead Men Tell No Tales seems as though it’s made a valiant effort to deliver a movie packed full of swashbuckling fun and humor, as is evidenced in the final shot from the trailer above. Let’s hope they’ve managed to pull it off for the course of the movie; Pirates of the Caribbean was too good of a franchise to bow out on such a weak film as On Stranger Tides. Though Dead Men Tell No Tales was initially billed as the final goodbye, co-director Joachin Rønning has since said that there could well be further movies made.
That will depend, of course, on the success of this movie; can Depp still pull an audience in to watch him portray the rum soaked pirate of the high seas? It’s very likely that he will, of course. Though we might all know Stranger Tides was dire, it seems as though it’s still a pirate’s life for most of us. Pants optional.