Remember when Johnny Depp earned an Oscar nomination for his work in the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie? Three films and four Disneyland rides later, it seems as though the marketers are lobbying for another one.
To think that “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” looks like a bore would be remiss — it’s star-studded and seems very well put together. Regardless, after this trailer, the focus of the film has taken a definitive turn toward Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp).
Without most of the main characters from the previous three films, the now iconic mercenary finds himself alone on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth. Things become complicated when Angelica, a mysterious woman from his past (Penélope Cruz), forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, helmed by her father, the infamous pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).
The issue here is not the plot — “On Stranger Tides” is built upon a story that keeps in line with the swashbuckling narrative that audiences for nearly a century have come to love. But as far as this trailer is concerned, I don’t know if I’m going to see the latest installment of the Disney series that’s reinvigorated the high seas adventure, or just Johnny Depp in quasi-drag cracking one-liners.
Indeed, the film is just obsessed with Depp. The last bit of the trailer includes six shots of the actor falling from the same two ledges — six!
The series is famous and entertaining because it’s a tale about pirates that includes Johnny Depp, not because Johnny Depp, specifically, is a pirate. Of course, Depp equals mega$$$, and it’d be wise for producers to milk as much as they could out of his dreadlocked beard. But enough is enough. I want to see a band of pirates hunting for the Fountain of Youth—Captain Jack Sparrow should just be a bonus (even if it’s a big one).
Anyway, “Johnny Depp: This One With P-Cruz” comes out May 20.