Captain Jack Sparrow is back in two new clips for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the very-long-running Disney franchise. This time around, Sparrow meets up with Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the son of his old compatriot Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) – who also shows up in the film, marking his first appearance in the series since 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – and does battle with a new, menacing supernatural enemy in the ghostly Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem).
The first clip to be released from Pirates 5 revealed Captain Salazar’s unexpected weakness: Being a ghost, he can’t walk on land. Two new clips just released by Disney shift the focus away from Javier Bardem’s villainous Salazar and back onto Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow.
In the first clip [above], we see strapping young Henry Turner’s first meeting with Sparrow, while Sparrow is incarcerated in an English prison. Turner was told stories about Sparrow by his father Will and obviously built up a certain image of the pirate in his mind, an image that is quickly destroyed as soon as he speaks to the drunk and pantsless captain. Turner’s disappointment fails to put a damper on Sparrow’s flamboyance.
In the second clip, Sparrow is being taken to be executed (he seems to find himself in these situations a lot), and chooses the guillotine over hanging or firing squad, a choice that he quickly comes to regret. Henry Turner surveys the scene from a perch high in a tower, and we also see Kaya Scodelario’s Carina Smyth about to meet a bad end via hanging. We can only assume that a swashbuckling rescue is about to ensue.
The Pirates of the Caribbean formula is very well-established at this point, and from all appearances Pirates 5 doesn’t do anything to really upset that formula. The above two clips actually feel like throw-backs to the very first Pirates film, before the CGI action really started to get outrageously over-the-top. With Bloom and Keira Knightley both returning to the series (if only for cameos), this latest Pirates will have a very retro feel while also introducing new characters in Henry and Carina, who presumably will be around for future Pirates films.
In addition to the new and returning characters, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will benefit from a cameo by Paul McCartney, who is following in the footsteps of fellow aging rocker and Pirates cameo star Keith Richards. Recent news that the movie was allegedly stolen by internet pirates who have threatened to leak it if not paid a ransom has cast the wrong kind of light on the film, but Disney won’t mind all that if the movie lives up to recent optimistic box office projections.