So apparently, a vast number of people consider the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie to be the best of the series. Their opinions were not lost on the producers, as a preview released late March shows. The cast and crew aim to bring back that thrilling sense of haunted seas in the new movie, and as such, there are several parallels between Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and 1, including the unique theme park atmosphere and new and returning characters.
For starters, we already know that Jack’s enemy in the movie is undead. That’s pretty much a series staple. But Pirates 5 also explores the theme of two wholly human characters falling in love a la Will and Elizabeth, making this one more similar to the much-beloved first movie. Director Joachim Ronning is among those faithful and places special emphasis on the character arcs of Pirates outside of Jack Sparrow. “It’s basically a love story. It’s a period piece, yes, but about real people falling in love, with Jack Sparrow coming in every now and then crashing the party,” says Ronning of the first film. “But it’s important that, since Jack doesn’t really have a character arc, you as an audience have to really invest in the other characters.”
Funny, I could have sworn Jack was by far the most interesting character in the movie and that he was one of the main stars, not a side cast gate-crasher. Well anyway, character arcs aside, it’s safe to say we can all look forward to Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales when it releases, and to more of that good old ghostly feel that enchanted audiences around the world. We’ll see just how much of the original is channeled for this one on May 26 when Jack and crew raid the theaters.
Drink up, me hearties. Yo-ho.