So, just got back from watching this. Spoilers abound, can't be bothered to code it all.
Why the hell did I just pay $14 to watch half a movie's worth of content padded out to over 2 hours of runtime? Very little of importance happened in the movie, and the majority of it consisted of fluff. Well-produced fluff, granted, but fluff none the less.
I mean, whole portions of this movie could've been cut without it affecting the story in any meaningful way. Take the whole Cannibal Island sequence, for an example. What purpose did it server, other than provide some insanely stupid slapstick humour (shish kebab Jack polevaulting over a cliff gap comes to mind) and set up the return of the two comic relief characters? Who, incidentally, weren't funny at all this time around.
Then there were scenes that really could've used some trimming. The three way swordfight/chest chase at the end was entertaining, but it did go on for a few minutes too much. After a while I was tempted to stand up and yell "GET ON WITH IT" in the tradition of Monty Python.
And the love traingle. Whoa. That sure as hell didn't work for me. Guess it was thrown in there because the producers thought they needed some "drama" to counterbalance all the goofy humour.
Additionally, what the hell did they do to the characters' personalities? I mean sure, Jack was untrustworthy in the first film, but this time around he's was just an jackass. And while Elizabeth was always portrayed as a strong and resourceful, I don't think the version of her we saw in the last film would ever have gone as far as to chain Wacko Jacko to the ship just to save herself and Will.
But my biggest complaint is, of course, that the movie just ends. Without resolving anything
. This is always the case with middle parts of movie triologies, though, so it was to be expected. The whole movie is basically nothing but one long setup for part 3.
Still, it wasn't all bad. Keira Knightley was lovely as usual, and the special effects were great. I especially liked the Kraken, and the design of Davey Jones was amazing. And I was delighted to see Barbossa return at the end. I'm a big fan of Geoffrey Rush, so I'm looking forward to see him in the third part.
I can't really say that I think it was a very good movie, but on the other hand I can't say that it was terrible either. I did enjoy it, but it was flawed. I'm hoping the third (last?) part will improve upon this one.
Edit: Oh, right. another thing I liked: the line "I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by". You can never go wrong stealing lines from Douglas Adams