This film suffers from what I like to call "too much plot". Too much stuff happens on screen for me to care. Don't get me wrong, I think the special effects are amazing and I'm astounded by how brilliant it all looks - but - it got to a point where there was SO MUCH ACTION and a serious case of, "and then this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened", that about 45 minutes before the credits rolled, I was silently begging it to end, please, soon. There was no time to rest.
I felt that there was much too much concentration on Elizabeth. I appreciate that they're trying to write a strong female character and the ideal is noble, but to be perfectly honest, all I really want to see is lots and lots of Jack. I was also disappointed that the Tia Dalma/Calypso storyline wasn't fully realised, (they want to do a Pirates 4 don't they?) I was really annoyed that they killed Norrington - and especially because his redemption wasn't exactly earned.
Things that I loved;
The first appearance of the multiple Jacks. That was a nice device. I was really pissed off they tainted it later in the film by overusing the joke.
Kevin McNally as Gibbs, who is so made of win, it's not even funny.
Bill Nighy as Davy Jones, who again, is so very brilliant. I squeaked when we saw him in human form. Once again, his decision to play the role in a similar vein to Fulton Mackay in Porridge was totally inspired.
Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, who is wonderful. (I have now run out of adjectives and superlatives.)
The first Pirates film was great. It had a relatively simple story, good characters and nice action scenes. In an attempt to be BIGGER and BETTER, the whole thing's actually been weakened. It's BIGGER, but not better, not by a long shot. And that's a shame.