I don’t really care for the Pirate of the Caribbean films. The first film was great. Proper swashbuckling fun with plenty of humour and the action, effects and casting was great. I don’t know what happened by the time the sequel came around but the subsequent films haven’t reached the same level.

It’s almost as if Walt Disney weren’t expecting the first film to be as successful as it was so they rushed into making some sequels which inevitably made a whole galleon full of gold but they weren’t good films!

When the new film comes out it will have been 14 years since The Curse of the Black Pearl, this has to be a last ditch attempt to cash in on the Pirates franchise. The filmmakers have said the tone of the film was inspired by the first in the saga so maybe there’s a chance it will be a return to form.

Take a look at the first teaser and see what you think!

IMDB states it plot as:

Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”

It’s another case of Captain Jack Sparrow searching for something while an evil Pirate is hunting him down. Almost every film in the series has had this formula so what’s different about this one? Why has this Trident never been mentioned before? What is the Devil’s triangle?

It’s Ghosts this time? Who is the young man in the trailer? We know Orlando Bloom will be returning as Will Turner, last time we saw him he was still cursed to be the Captain of the Dutchman and only touch land every 10 years. So is this guy Will’s son? It seems likely seeing as he has such a prominent role in the trailer.

Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow, in real life it’s becoming difficult to see where Depp ends and Sparrow begins! No Keira Knightley this time around but we are getting Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar, that is a huge selling point for me!

salazar

In my opinion they need to reduce the humour in these films. Make them haunting, thrilling. The novelty of the slapstick Pirates wore off long ago so they need to breathe new life into the franchise.

I probably won’t catch this in the cinema but I don’t begrudge anyone that does. What do you think of the teaser? Let us know in the comments below.

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One thought on “Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men should stay dead!

  1. I’m still a fan of the franchise although it does need refreshing, specifically the reliance on slapstick pirates as you mention. I think the big problem initially was making the 2nd and 3rd films linked to the extent they were and having them form a larger arc essentially making it a trilogy about a love-story between Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan with some stuff about pirates going on in the background. That’s probably unfair and drastically over-simplifying it but I think it looking forwards they seem to have learned as it’s moving in a Bond-esque franchise direction where once every 4-5 years a new standalone adventure is released.

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