This week, Johnny Depp once again sports some unique facial hair, digs around in your Aunt’s closet, and puts on a vocal tic for “Mortdecai.” It’s become his routine for movie roles these days—if he can’t play dress up, he probably won’t do the role, and you can partially thank the zillion dollar-earning “Pirates Of The Caribbean” franchise for that. Four movies in, with a fifth on the way in 2017, perhaps there’s no better time to look back on what the theme park ride series has spawned.
Screen Junkies unveiled their latest Honest Trailer, tackling all four ‘Pirates’ movies, and it’s like a time lapse photo of films that started out as halfway-decent blockbuster entertainment and quickly slid into bloated tedium, in love with its own mythology. Perhaps even worse, it turned Johnny Depp from one of the most interesting actors out there, into a willing tentpole prop, and why not when when the studio unloads piles of money in your driveway or flies it to your private island. Get savvy below.