I don’t care that the last two movies have been trainwrecks, I’m a sucker for Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme music. Those first two movies came out in my prime pre-teen years when life was at its easiest, so maybe it’s nostalgia talking when I say this, but those first two Pirates movies are some of the most endlessly watchable movies to come out during my lifetime.
I’m holding out hope that Disney learned from their mistakes of the past to send Jack Sparrow out on the right note. With comic book movies dominating the Hollywood model these days, original characters that you’re able to build a franchise around (like Sparrow) are few and far between, so it’s only right that the end the franchise on a high note.
Plus, adding an Academy Award-winning actor as the main villain can never hurt, although I’m a little worried about Javier Bardem’s whole zombie pirate aesthetic:
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will hit theaters on May 26, 2017.