Do you remember the day that second Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out and we were all so excited to see it? Our friends that saw it before us couldn’t stop talking about it and we’d yell in their faces “LALALALA I’M NOT LISTENING. DON’T YOU DARE RUIN IT FOR ME.” Maybe if we would have listened to them, we would have heard what they really wanted to tell us, which was the fact that the sequel was a total letdown. It really paled in comparison to the awesomely swashbuckling original. Instead, we all shelled out our 9 bucks (can you believe it used to be that cheap?) to see Deadman’s Chest and if you’re anything like me, we all walked away wondering “WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT.” The bottom line is that a franchise that had all the potential and momentum in the world to be nothing short of amazing somehow ruined everything with those two unnecessarily ridiculous movies. That’s why I think I’m not the only one excited to see this new, semi-rebooted, stand-alone Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; it has the potential to get back to what we loved about the first one: Jack Sparrow and piratey fun. Thankfully, we aren’t the only ones relieved to see the franchise take that turn.
“They had to invent a trilogy out of nowhere…It was plot driven and complicated. I remember talking to [Gore Verbinski, director of the first three films] at certain points during production of 2 or 3, and saying: ‘I don’t really know what this means.’ He said, ‘Neither do I, but let’s just shoot it.’ This guy is this guy’s dad, and this guy was in love with this broad. It was like, ‘What?'”
Well, I for one think this is refreshing. As a life-long Depp fan, I’ve often wondered how he even agreed to those movies. I thought maybe he was losing it. Maybe he didn’t realize how bad they were. Maybe he was so happy with Vanessa Paradis in their French chateau with their French children that he didn’t notice how bad they were. Nope. He knew, but he was already signed on and he made the most of it. And really, Disney should be thanking the Magic Kingdom gods that he did, because I’m not sure we would have flocked to see those things if he hadn’t graced them with his presence. Here’s hoping he exercised a little more caution when signing on for On Stranger Tides.