Ahoy, film-lovers! If you’ve been stuck at sea for the past few months you might have missed the news: our favourite trouble-making pirate Jack Sparrow is back once again after six long years to return in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenger (previously known as Dead Men Tell No Tales).
Although we still need to wait until May 2017 to see Jack return, it’s not going to stop us from acting like pirates until then! So man the poop-deck, raise the anchor, hoist the sails, and get your pirate accents perfect because here are five reasons why Salazar's Revenge is the film you need to satisfy your inner adventurer!
1. It's Pirates!
How else do we convince you that this film is going to be a thrilling experience from beginning to end? After all it’s a pirating adventure! Everyone knows that pirates have the most fun. They have their own ships, all the rum they can drink, they sail with their crew who are essentially their best friends, and they can pretty much do whatever they like when they like with an entire ocean to explore! Have you ever heard of a pirate with a bedtime?
When Salazar's Revenge finally hits the big-screen we can expect to see a whole ship-load of pirating fun with everything from ship battles, cutlass duels, and treasure hunting to ensure it earns the title Pirates of the Caribbean. Speaking of treasure hunting…
2. Bigger adventure, bigger treasure
We know that every new sequel always claims to be bigger and better than the last but Salazar's Revenge really is set to be Jack’s most ambitious and dangerous mission to date.
Jack has always been quite the adventurer, having tackled the Black Pearl, Davie Jones’s locker, and even the fountain of youth. Now in his fifth big-screen outing, he has his mischievous eyes on the biggest prize a pirate could want: Poseidon’s trident. Not many pirates would be brave enough to steal from a Greek god, especially if this particular god controls the entire ocean!
You’d think that someone who spends all of their time on the ocean would want to stay on Poseidon’s good side to avoid getting themselves shipwrecked – or worse. Not our Jack, though. He is brave enough (or stupid enough – we’re not too sure yet) to take on the god of the sea.
3. Barbossa is back!
That’s right, Geoffrey Rush will be returning alongside Depp once more as the legendary Captain Hector Barbossa. If you’re not familiar with who Barbossa is, just imagine if Blackbeard and Skeletor adopted a son and raised him to become the meanest pirate on the seven seas.
Making his first appearance all the way back in 2003 in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Barbossa is Sparrow’s oldest nemesis and these two have a lot of history together. Barbossa has appeared in every Pirates movie and has always locked horns with Sparrow.
Last time we left Barbossa he had defeated Blackbeard and sailed off into the distance in the most pirate-like exit imaginable. How exactly will Barbossa fit into Jack’s newest adventure? With only a teaser trailer released his role hasn’t been made clear yet. What we can assume is that he will be locking horns with Sparrow when their paths inevitably cross once more. You’ll just have to keep an eye on the horizon for more information!
4. A new villain, Captain Salazar
Ghost ships, the Kraken, Blackbeard, and Davey Jones: Captain Sparrow has never been good at making friends as the majority of people he comes across generally want to see him sleeping with the fishes.
Salazar's Revenge looks to be further proof that Jack’s social skills need some work, because there is a brand new villain who wants to see Jack walk the plank. His name is Captain Salazar (played by Skyfall's Javier Bardem) and, from his appearance in the teaser trailer, he looks to be pretty upset with Jack (no surprise there) but what could Jack have done to make this terrifying ghostly entity and his equally terrifying crew so angry?
Whatever it was, it must have been pretty serious because Salazar really wants to get his hands on Jack! From his brief appearance in the teaser, Captain Salazar looks to be Jack’s toughest and most frightening adversary. Pirates aren’t generally recognised for their kind hospitality but Salazar is looks to be the meanest of the lot if we’re going by first impressions. We can’t wait to see Salazar set sail, but we don’t envy Jack for having to go up against him.
5. Captain Jack Sparrow!
Of course we need to include Jack in this list! Whether he wants to or not, he is always going to get dragged into larger than life adventures that are way over his head – he’s that kind of guy. It’s really not so surprising how Jack manages to get himself into so much trouble: he’s a liar, a thief, a scoundrel and charmingly mischievous with a thirst for excitement that gets the better of him.
In other words, he’s the perfect pirate. And it's the role that Johnny Depp was born to play. He brings so much life and charisma to Jack that it is impossible not to instantly fall in love with him insofar as Jack has become one of the most recognisable film characters of all time!
There is virtually no limit to the number of adventures Jack can take. He still has most of the ocean to explore and we will happily tag along with him so we don't miss one moment of his shenanigans. If we had to choose to be stranded at sea with someone, we’d choose Jack. He probably wouldn’t know how to get us home but he’d figure it out somehow and entertain us in the process.
Next May it's time to get ready to join Jack’s crew one more time as he prepares to set sail to claim Poseidon’s trident. So sharpen your cutlasses, load the cannons, swab the decks, and polish your best peg legs while you wait for Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge to arrive in Cineworld!
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.