There's every reason to be dubious about Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides. Specifically, there's Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, the painfully overlong, overcomplicated and self-important duo of sequels that opted to ditch the light-heartedness of the original in favour of being 'dark.' They may have wound up being two of the biggest moneymakers in film history, but they were damn near unwatchable.
Yet somehow I'm very optimistic about On Stranger Tides. Maybe it's those three words Jack intones in the earlier trailer: "mermaids... zombies... Blackbeard." Maybe it's Penelope Cruz as a pirate wench. Maybe it's the fountain of youth macguffin. Maybe it's knowing that neither hide nor hair of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley will be seen.
One gets the impression that Bruckheimer and co realise this time around that it would be preferable for a big summer swashbuckler to be, well, fun. Everything I've seen thus far would suggest that, and this trailer is no exception. Feast your eyes and ears below - and keep an eye on Ka-Boomski for more pirate related shenanigans, as in the near future I'll be reading the Tim Powers novel that inspired this film, which all being well should result in the first Ka-Boomski book review. But until then... click play.