– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of those franchises that seemed to have randomly fallen off a cliff. After the first film in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, hit, the series seemed to have real promise. Unfortunately, fans seemed to like the films less and less as it worked its way through Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End. However, despite this seemingly declining interest, Disney went forward with a fourth film, On Stranger Tides. While the film didn’t perform very well in North America, it more than made up for it overseas, and still managed to crack $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

But after the success of On Stranger Tides, conversation around a sequel kind of dried up. Perhaps it was Disney reading the signs that the franchise needed a bit of a break, or perhaps it was simply a matter of getting the script where it needed to be. Either way, it would be over six years until we’d be getting another Pirates movie.

Even after all this time, the prospect has admittedly been met with an underwhelming enthusiasm from fans. While many enjoyed the initial films, it seemed to have overstayed its welcome. But Disney has had a great track record in the past five-plus years, and in that time, they’ve managed to produce mostly good films, much to the surprise of the entire industry. Perhaps the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales would be worth watching after all. The first teaser and Super Bowl spot were both pretty solid, but would it hold up with a Jack Sparrow-filled trailer?

You be the judge.

The official synopsis for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales his below:

“Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”

Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Marco Polo, Kon-Tiki) are directing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The screenplay is written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can).

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow. Joining him are Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings). Reprising their roles from earlier films for Pirates 5 include Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.