I am a fan of the #Pirates franchise. I loved the original trilogy and hated the terrible fourth installment. This new film has me excited and this Super Bowl TV spot has certainly given me more to be excited about. Let's break down what we saw, but first watch the TV spot again, y'know, for science:
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The Dead Have Risen — Again
Everything starts out like a calm day on the beautiful sea. The trailer is layered on top of a Johnny Cash song (like Logan). All is well until we see an undead bird land on the ship and attack a random pirate. Now, this isn't the first time we've seen an undead animal before, with Captain Barbossa's pet monkey, Jack, having stolen a piece of cursed gold at the end of the first film. They also kept the undead monkey around for a cameo in the second installment, Dead Man's Chest.
The Flying Dutchman Returns
Pirates fans remember this ship as Davy Jones's undead cruise vessel from the second and third films. At the end of At World's End, however, the ship had a new captain who cured it and the crew of their scaly, sea-creature appearances. The Dutchman is seen rising from beneath the waves again in classic trilogy fashion. Is this when the crew and Jack Sparrow (er, Captain Jack Sparrow) are to be reunited?
Meanwhile, Captain Salazar, the new undead baddie, is the focus of a brief shot, followed immediately by what looks to be The Black Pearl sailing in the night. Is Salazar captaining The Black Pearl at some point in this film? It seems unlikely considering we see his own ship later on in the trailer.
Salazar In Action
The next shot sees Salazar's crew in action, showing the aftermath of a ship battle clearly won by the undead crew, before the move into action onto their next target, who is a pretty familiar face to the Pirates franchise.
Salazar's currently unknown ship is a wonky-looking menace and appears to have caught a very regal looking pirate ship within its grasp. Who is captaining said regal ship? Well none other than...
That's right, the fan-favorite antihero returns in this installment as well. Pirates fans know Geoffrey Rush's career-defining character as the terrifying villain of the first film, being resurrected in the background of the second film, leading the rescue party for Jack Sparrow in the third film, and maybe working alongside Jack in the fourth film?
The last time we saw the baddie-turned-goodie-turned-antihero, he was working as a privateer for the British Royal Navy. Oh, and he was missing as leg. Now, the weather-beaten pirate has returned and he doesn't look very thrilled to see Captain Salazar's crew. The ominous shot ends with Salazar landing behind the captain and walking menacingly towards him. Does the great Captain Barbossa die — again?
It Doesn't Look Good
The next several shots of the trailer see a mess of a battle with several sunken ships. The one ship left in the middle doesn't appear to be Barbossa's but it may be. The sails are a different color, but that could be from the lighting. Regardless, it's a cool shot!
'The Dead Have Taken Command Of The Sea'
Following the carnage is a painted, bald lady, a la Tia Dalma, speaking to someone (presumably Jack Sparrow?) about how the dead have taken control of the sea. This is followed by a silhouette of what appears to be Barbossa walking down a dark pathway. Is this again pointing to Barbossa's death? The voice-over continues, telling how these dead men are looking for Jack Sparrow, accompanied by a shot of Jack's hat being placed on a table with what appears to be some of his other personal effects.
Jesus's Crew Of Pirates
Kaya Scodelario's Carina Smyth is seen running and crawling away from the sea on a beautiful island beach. All is not well, as she is being chased by Salazar and his men. They, however, are pursuing her by the biblical means of running on water! The shot is super cool, but poses two questions: Why is the girl important to Salazar? and the more important question: Why do they need a ship if they can just run super fast on water? Both questions (hopefully) will be explained when the film debuts on Memorial Day.
Parting The Sea
Barbossa and his ship seem to be in trouble as another biblical feet is accomplished and the sea splits open. Barbossa's ship straddles the edge of the fissure before cutting away to reveal the release date on Memorial Day. The title begins flashing in parts, separated by individual action or reveal shots, the first of which is Salazar's ship exploding while he's at the wheel. The next reveal, however, is more important than anything in this trailer.
The Return Of Will Turner
Will Turner, the new captain of the Flying Dutchman, is seen sporting a particularly interesting new look involving barnacles on the side of his face. Has Will been neglecting his duties as the new Davy Jones? Did he break the rules to see his son Henry and now is facing the consequences of his actions? Time will tell. The trailer flashes quick displays of undead sharks circling who I can only assume is Brenton Thwaites's Henry Turner and a burning Jolly Rodger as it falls to deck. The final shot finally reveals the man of the hour.
Captain Jack Sparrow, covered in mud, closes the trailer out by slamming an object down on the table and saying "pirate's life" before smiling and raising his bottle of rum. The new Pirates skull floats in, followed by Memorial Day and #PiratesLife. Y'know, typical Jack Sparrow.
I loved this TV spot. It got me very excited to see the film and showed me some great tidbits to get me really into the prospect of seeing this movie come summer time. From what I've been able to piece together (and surely what the synopsis says), this film will follow the legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he runs from the undead Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), a ghostly figure from his past seeking revenge. Sparrow crosses paths with a young boy named Henry Turner (Brenton Thiwates) who seeks to find his lost father, a mysterious girl named Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), and his old friend, the legendary sea captain Davy Jones (Orlando Bloom).