Earlier today I was happy to hear that we would be getting our very first glimpse of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film this evening, during Fear the Walking Dead. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the Pirates movies, as well as the ride at Disney, so this is a big deal. Below, I’ll give my impressions of the poster, which was also revealed today, as well as the trailer. Let’s take a look.
I’ll mention right off the bat that I felt way more excitement from the poster than I did from the trailer. It looks dark and gritty and stands apart from the previous posters quite nicely. It seems very possibly that this is actually Jack Sparrow’s skull as we see many of his braids hanging from it. I also love the little designs on the bones, which seem to point to a deeper mystery. One of the most fun parts of this series are the National Treasure style intrigue that goes along with solving the puzzle of how they will find the treasure. This one seems to be going for that vibe and I am loving it.
This is a cool teaser with lots of dark and brooding. I like that a lot. The special effects are top notch and this looks to be, easily, the most terrifying villain we’ve come across. I also like that they way they shift and are not quite complete, like actual ghosts. I immediately want to know how you defeat a ghost and what beef this guy has with Jack Sparrow. I also love the first scene in the cave which reminds me of one of the early scenes on the ride right after the drop.
Unfortunately, I don’t see anything that I love about this series in the trailer. Jack is no where to be found and neither are any of the characters for that matter. That’s a bit unfortunate. I love the villain reveal but then there’s this young guy who I don’t really have any reason to care about. This takes some of the edge and sense of dread away. So what if this fairly cute young guy gets killed. No big. I don’t know him.
And then there’s that joke. I think it was a joke, right? As Captain Salazar says “Can you tell him that, pretty please?” But it doesn’t really quite fly as a joke, and it seems out of place for this blood drooling ghost to say. It was a bit of a miss for me, despite the opening of the teaser being a big win.
According to what we know of Salazar, it seems that he was operating in the 18th century and lead the ghost pirates as we see here. He ended up in the Devil’s Triangle and escaped only to take on a mission to kill every last pirate.
In any case, I’m excited for what we see next from this film and I’m very eager to see the cast we know and love return. This teaser doesn’t match up to the teasers of Force Awakens or Rogue One, but it does manage to wet our appetite and I can only imagine we’ll go uphill from here.
What did you guys think of the teaser? Let me know in the comments below!