Earlier this week it was announced Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise due for release in July 2015. Also announced was that Jeff Nathanson would be writing the screenplay.
Nathanson has written screenplays for “The Terminal,” “Catch Me if You Can,” and both sequels to the “Rush Hour” movies.
What does all this information mean? Well, it means we’ll most definitely be seeing Johnny Depp dressed up and ready for swashbuckling as the famous Jack Sparrow again.
This information also means there may possibly be a sixth and final film in the foreseeable future if rumors are to be believed.
The trouble is, when movies have several sequels, they have an extremely high possibility of becoming tiresome. How many times can we watch Jack Sparrow escape near possible death or uniquely extract himself from certain situations without blinking an eye? Everything becomes recycled and unoriginal in the process.
After the first movie, it wasn’t surprising that Disney decided to make a sequel (two, in fact). “The Curse of the Black Pearl” made Disney a lot of money and was very popular during its reign and after. Its predecessors may not have been as critically acclaimed, but the reviews were decent enough and they also had successful box-office runs.
Regardless of this information, one thing remains true: the heart, character relationships, story line, and humor were still at the core of the first three “Pirates” films.
Now with sequels, the expectations are always higher because the original was of great quality. Since “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” did not have the high quality standards as its predecessors, the question is this: was a fourth “Pirates” movie necessary?
The answer is no. It not only became unintelligible, but it lost all its heart, genuine humor, Will and Elizabeth, and the entire crew of the Black Pearl. Black Beard wasn’t menacing and there was nothing powerful or resonating about it. And while Jack Sparrow is always an entertaining and interesting character, he cannot carry an entire movie on his own.
So, enough is enough. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies have taken their toll. They have been entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable, but all good things must come to an end; and the “Pirates” franchise is definitely one of those things.
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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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