Setting off to a strong start with its first teaser trailer, which dropped back in January, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales continues its successful marketing run, with a new full-length trailer now making its debut. The film’s most recent Super Bowl TV Spot revealed the appearances of a number of returning characters, such as Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), but the new promo focuses the spotlight on the story.
Following the roaring success of 2011’s On Stranger Tides – which saw Depp opposite Ian McShane as Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as his daughter Angelica – Dead Men Tell No Tales takes us back to the franchise’s familiar roots, with the threat this time coming from Captain Salazar’s (Javier Bardem) crew of ghost sailors that some (me!) may find reminiscent of Barbossa and the cursed undead crew of the Black Pearl in the first film. It is expected that Pirates 5 will bring about the start of a another trilogy, with new characters Carina (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry (Benton Thwaites) presumably locked in for the next two outings.
A handful of savvy fans caught sight of the text “final adventure” in a previous trailer, which could then in fact mean that this will the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but we don’t think that is what’s meant here. The “final adventure” may refer to the overall story arc which could carry over more than just one film, much like the Davy Jones narrative did from Dead Man’s Chest to At World’s End.
Official Synopsis and Trailer:
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
What really sticks out most again here now in this trailer is the similarities to the first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, with Scoldelario and Thwaites’ roles in the movie seeming very similar to that of Elizabeth Swan (Knightley) and Will Turner as the young couple trying to make it through the tricky situations Sparrow gets them into. This isn’t a bad thing, though, as the Elizabeth and Will relationship, plus some occasional love triangle drama with Jack, gave the original trilogy a central anchor-point that acted as the connective tissue between the films, something that On Stranger Tides was lacking in. The familiarity that these lover-characters bring may be something directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg want to establish here in the hopes that it can be utilised and developed moving forward.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales sets sail May 26th.