Why The Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer Gives Us Real Hope

The first Pirates of the Caribbean film was a well-received summer blockbuster. However, with every sequel that has followed, the franchise has become more and more difficult to enjoy. The teaser for the newest entry does give us some hope that Dead Men Tell No Tales could be the reboot the franchise needs. Both what we see, and what we don't see, give us the impression that the new film is on the right the right track. Let's watch it one more time, as a refresher:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was a rough film, even for fans of the franchise. It took the story in a very different direction than the original trilogy, and while that may have seemed like a good idea at the time, it just didn't work out. Our first look at Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales feels like it's much more the story we'd like to see. Here's why we have hope for Pirates 5:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

A Possible Return To Former, Important Locations

It's hard to know for sure, but the opening shots in the new teaser certainly seem to imply that some of the action is going to return to the Isle De La Muerte, a pivotal location from the original film. While the return of a location doesn't by itself mean that the quality of the film will be on par with that movie, it is certainly a sign that the movie is attempting to recapture that magic, rather than to, yet again, try to do something entirely different with the movies. As they say, write what you know.

Javier Bardem

Captain Salazar Is Terrifying

While we don't know a great deal about Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar, he certainly comes across as both menacing and spooky. As much humor as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have had, they've also had some legitimately scary parts, and we're certainly getting that from Salazar. He's a bit like Geoffrey Rush's Captain Barbosa from the first film, only creepier. His band of pirates are the kind we'd expect would kill us where we stand, as they do with most of the ships' crew. Besides Javier Bardem is a great actor, and we can't wait to see him take on our hero pirates.

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

Less Jack Sparrow Is A Good Thing

Certainly, we know that Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow will be a major part of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Having said that, not seeing him at all in this trailer gives us the distinct impression that Sparrow will not be the sole lead character of this movie.The one thing that On Stranger Tides taught us, above all else, is that Captain Jack Sparrow is best in smaller doses. Here it seems that Brenton Thwaites will be the film's lead character, playing a similar role to what Orlando Bloom did in the original trilogy. This is fitting, considering it appears that Thwaites is actually playing the son of Will Turner.


Stranger Tides Is Being Left Behind

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides thought it was embarking on a new trilogy, and so the film created new lore and left a number of plot threads open with an expectation that there would be a sequel. While that sequel is now here, it appears confirmed that it's not planning on dealing with the last movie in any way. Pirates 4 is looking like it's going be an orphan film that may never get dealt with. In general, we don't have a problem with that. If Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is as good as we want it to be, then they can make sequels to this one and leave the Stranger Tides out at sea.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.