Why Elizabeth and Will’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Cameo Failed

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Will and Elizabeth’s highly anticipated return to Dead Men Tell No Tales only proved that the Pirates of the Caribbean series had no new plans for them.

Despite 2017 Dead men don’t tell stories technically bring back the original Pirates of the Caribbean heroes of the Elizabeth and Will trilogy, the couple’s appearance was almost worse than having no cameo at all. the Pirates of the Caribbean The franchise relied more and more on Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow as it moved forward, but Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner from the original trilogy remained fan favorites nonetheless. However, their much-vaunted return in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales amounted to little more than an over-publicized disappointment for various reasons.

As evidenced by the fact that Jack Sparrow has virtually no love interests despite five films, the Pirates of the Caribbean antihero only functions as a leading man when he has strong support. The first threee Pirates of the Caribbean the films aptly feature Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom as a pair of doomed lovers, Elizabeth and Will, and pair their tragic romance with Depp’s comedic antics to keep the show’s tone from turning into a full-blown comedy. While many fans loved and wanted Jack in the foreground, the critical failure of subsequent sequels proved the Pirates of the Caribbean movies needed romance at the core to keep viewers engaged.

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As such, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales not only acknowledged many fans’ disappointments with Jack Sparrow and his lack of character growth, but even vowed to bring Will and Elizabeth back for an appearance that would tie their romance together once and for all. The cameo was meant to be brief and poignant, but failed in its attempts to displace the melodrama since the duo’s story already had a fitting (albeit tragic) ending. To make matters worse, the actors were barely spotted together onscreen, and their never-before-seen son had to do much of the heavy lifting of the subplot on his own.


The original POTC trilogy gave Will and Liz a perfect ending

Elizabeth gathers a party of pirates in Pirates-of-the-Caribbean 3

The sight of Elizabeth waiting for Will to return was a devastating end to the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and almost redeemed the intrigue-packed action of At the end of the world. Dramatic, tragic and as moving as anything the franchise has attempted before or since the end of At the end of the world matches the characters even though it was sadder than what most blockbuster fans used to get from big budget franchises. Inform viewers of their relationship fourteen years later in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales undermined that moment of its melodrama and was a waste of time as viewers already knew their fate and the fifth film left it unchanged until the closing scene.


Henry Turner was a bad replacement

Disney Pirates of the Caribbean is changing Henry Elizabeth

Brendon Thwaites did what he could with the role, but Henry clearly only existed to tie the unrelated story of Salazar’s revenge and also the shared fate of Will and Elizabeth. The trident that allowed Will to escape a life as Eternal Captain of the Flying Dutchman was an obvious MacGuffin that didn’t even feature in much of the plot of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales, and the revelation that Will was released from the Dutchman would have been more impactful if it wasn’t one of the only times viewers saw him in the entire movie. As the fifth film tried to convince viewers that Will was agonizing over his fate, hearing this from his son rather than the man himself was a poor substitute and the problem was compounded by the brevity of his love’s appearance. .


Will and Elizabeth’s cameo was too brief

Keira Knightley in Dead Men Tell No Tales

While Bloom’s role was small (since the complicated story of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales need to find time for his plot hole Barbossa and Carina), it was better than what the sequel offered to the former star of the series Elizabeth. Knightley didn’t even speak during his momentary appearance, which makes it the kind of brief cameo that’s best left out of the final cut. Her entire appearance in the fifth film came down to a few glances and unspoken hugs, and what could have been a touching reunion felt more like a contractual obligation thanks to the rushed footage.

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The sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean 5 hook makes no sense

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Post Credits Davy Jones Scene

After the end credits of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales, it is revealed that Davy Jones wants revenge on Will and Elizabeth and will soon go from haunting their nightmares to attacking their waking life. This sequel setup was already a tedious proposition as it is too late for Bill Nighy’s Davy Jones to return and it seemed unlikely, even in 2017, that the next film in the series would reunite the entire cast of the original trilogy. to revisit the long ended story. However, in terms of plot mechanics, the cameo doesn’t match either. How has Davy Jones been living all this time, and why can he only get revenge on Will and Elizabeth now that Will is released from his service? Besides, why should viewers care?


Will and Elizabeth have just spent decades on each other, meaning the peace Davy Jones interferes in was barely established in the first place. Meanwhile, the fact that Will has left a vacancy for the Dutchman’s captain position means Jones can presumably find his lost ship without even disturbing the duo. Davy Jones’ intrigue-ridden love story proved that the villain was still difficult to understand in the context of the series, but the Pirates of the Caribbean the antagonist at least had clear goals on previous outings. Now he appears to be working against his interests by avoiding taking back his ship and instead pursuing a long-forgotten vendetta on earth. It’s a twist that was clearly designed to set up a sequel but fails to establish what would be at stake in its conflict in the process. With Dead men don’t tell stories do not invite another Pirates of the Caribbean The sequel starring the duo and the long-dead villain, the scene unfolds like a non-sequitur desperately trying to connect the sequel to the original trilogy.


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