Pirates of the Caribbean movie: Dead Men Tell No Tales Teaser

The continued high sea cash cow adventures of Johnny Depp returns in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales! With little to no coin, eccentric pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) struggles to maintain his cavalier life style. Things only go from bad to worse, when his old nemesis, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) returns from beyond the grave with a crew of ghost pirates. Now Captain Jack must seek out Poseidon’s trident, a mystical artifact said to give the wielder control over the seven seas, to stop Salazar.

I can remember going to see the first Pirates of the Caribbean. It was a roaring adventure with just enough mysticism to make itself unique without being over the top. And then the rest of the franchise happened… Since then, we’ve had fish pirates, wizard pirates, sea monsters, sea gods, mermaids, and now ghost pirates. Still, can’t argue with those box office numbers, so I suppose smoke them if you got them I suppose.

Let’s get into the trailer. I liked this teaser.  It reminded me some of the very first Pirates film, in it’s air of adventure and horror. It’s creepy, mysterious, and gives us just enough to chew on with the visually jarring captain Salazar. In fact it’s Javier Bardem’s ghoulish performance that really seals the deal in this. He’s sinister and strangely macabre and when he utters that one last “please” we get a hint at his  rage towards Jack Sparrow. The rest of the trailer has it’s standard pirate visuals of wide shots of boats, dark caves, and ornate ship art.

Perhaps an interesting tid-bit for fans to chew on is the mysterious boy in the cell during the trailer. The character’s name is Henry, played by Brenton Thwaites, and his description is ” a young man searching for his father with the hopes of breaking his curse”.  Why is this interesting you ask? We also know that  Orlando Bloom is back in town as the cursed captain of the flying dutchmen Will Turner, (see Pirates 2-3). He and Kierra Knightly’s character had a child together right before Orlando sailed away for magic pirate business.  If I were a betting man I’d say Henry’s come a calling for Orlando. Does this mean Kierra will also get a surprise cameo?

While most of my enthusiasm for this franchise has been lost  with age, this new Pirates of the Caribbean definitely strikes a chord. If directors Joachim Rønning, and Espen Sanndberg can bring back some of the magic that made the first one so good, it’ll have my price of admission. Pirates of the Caribbean movie: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters May 27, 2017.

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