I’m not quite sure what to do with the trailer for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Cumbersome title aside, it’s the fourth entry in a series that I never expected to even have a first. That said, the first entry, Curse Of The Black Pearl, was actually a solidly entertaining action-comedy, mainly of course due to the near-brilliant performance of Johnny Depp. It was just clever enough to be watchable, despite being based on a friggin’ amusement park ride.
Then, Disney decided to beat the horse, shoot it dead, feast on its steaming corpse, and then beat it some more with two increasingly terrible sequels, culminating in the horrendously unwatchable At World’s End, which managed to suck all of the joy out of a franchise that was already reeling from the terribleness of the second entry. The chemistry between Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly was nonexistent, Depp moved from amusing to ridiculous, and the effects took the place of anything resembling a story.
Now we’re back with a fourth entry, which is supposedly the next of three more films. Yikes. That said, it doesn’t look terrible. There’s less focus on effects, at least in the trailer. Depp is being Depp, playing Captain Jack Sparrow as a hapless drunk with a penchant for mischief and snark. Bloom and Knightly are gone, which I can’t complain about. The co-stars are solid — Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane as Blackbeard, and Geoffrey Rush and Keith Richards are returning as well. It’s got a new director in Rob Marshall, although I confess I just went through his IMDB page and I haven’t seen anything he’s done (although many people like Chicago and Nine).
Will it work? I have no goddamn clue. It’s got pirates and zombies and mermaids and things that go boom. Those are all, in theory, things that I like. Watch the trailer:
What say ye? I know, I know.
Needs more ninjas.