Disney has released a new trailer for the next installment of their scurvy franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. As a fan of the original trilogy, I’m expecting that the franchise will take a different–yet comfortably similar–turn. The last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, focused on a confusing relationship and not-so-engaging plot. Fortunately, the newest trailer for Dead Men Tell No Tales shows something a bit different. Let’s take a look.
The confusing relationship between Jack Sparrow and Angelica in the last movie has been replaced in this new film. Instead, viewers see Javier Bardem as a man who was killed in action while fighting a young Jack Sparrow. The film’s antagonist will be out for revenge against America’s favorite pirate. In this, fans will be able to delve into Captain Jack Sparrow’s past even further. Will Javier Bardem’s character be right for seeking revenge? Or, did Jack have a solid line of reasoning behind destroying this man’s life?
The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean focused more on the action then it did the story. This new installment looks more centered. What I mean by this is that the story has a clear bad guy with a legitimate reason for hating Jack Sparrow. I mean, he killed him, after all. It is clear, though, from the trailer that this new film will play off ideas seen in previous movies of the series. That, to me, is okay. The writers are already introducing new characters, so it’s smart to balance out the story with an idea fans have seen before. The idea that the dead sail the seas has been a reoccurring theme in the series, after all. It was seen in the first film of the franchise. The idea then evolved into the classic story of Davy Jones in Dead Man’s Chest.
The franchise has sort of fallen off since the first film, which was groundbreaking at the time. This could’ve been partially due to the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was given a PG-13 rating, the first Disney movie to receive a rating higher than PG. But the film was also original and had a lot that the whole family could enjoy. As a fan, I want to see more of this originality, especially because this next Pirates movie is set to be the last.
The writers may be using ideas from previous films… But can they make more than just an action-packed pirate adventure despite using past material? Can this last Pirates of the Caribbean movie prove to be more thought-provoking than its predecessors? With a solid cast and high expectations, the stage is set for us to find out.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will hit theaters on May 26, 2017.