By Edward Delaney
It seems to me that in the last 10 years sequels have been produced less as a way of telling a story, and more so as a way for studios to make more money. A predecessor doesn’t even need to get so much as the praise of either critics or fans for the story to continue like the new “Fifty Shades Darker” (which I reviewed the trailer for last week). Don’t get me long, I enjoyed the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie as a lot of people did. However, when “On Stranger Tides” hit theaters, this marked when my interest was long gone. You could say “that ship sure sailed” if you want a knee slapping joke to relish.
Back on topic; the overall trailer had its redeeming qualities, such as the dark and eerie aroma, some cool scenery and special effects. It is also revealed in this teaser that Jack Sparrow is still alive, meaning Johnny Depp is still back for more action. I just have to ask what planet has Mr. Depp’s career been on the last few years? Such a talent put on hiatus. We also see the very talented Javier Bardem, the star of films such as “No Country for Old Men” and “Skyfall.“ Clearly he does a great job at playing villains, but as for the CGI around his face I am really not particularly impressed. The quality really hasn’t improved that much since “Curse of the Black Pearl,“ and that was 13 years ago.
In the end, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” doesn’t look terrible, but it is a sequel that I really do not think that many people wanted. Please do not think I am trying to hate a movie because it is released by a corporate studio like Disney. I cannot wait to see the just the trailer for “Star Wars Episode VIII,“ but understand how different this franchise is in the sense that us fans wanted a new trilogy, and “The Force Awakens” was a satisfying sequel. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” comes out on May 26, 2017.