I agree pretty much with all of you. At about 2 hrs and 15 mins this movie could have been much longer had they explained everything better.
Loved the mermaids, loved the Queen Ann's Revenge (sad the Pearl wasn't in it though) and really really loved the ride element that they incorporated into the movie, that was my favorite part. The score as always was great and even liked Angelica's and Jack's strange relationship. Funny how Jack is never really romantically involved with anyone but you can always tell he does have a soft spot when someone is in trouble.
But having said that I also wish they would have followed up with Syrena and Philip, did she turn him to a merman or did he die, what the heck happened with them? I do think they just put them in the movie to cover for Elizabeth and Will which was a poor substitute. Would love to see Will/Liz return in a future movie to follow up with them and their son. Missed the crew from the Pearl (the guy with the wooden eye). Don't really understand why the Spaniards wanted to destroy the fountain of youth...boring and no point. Also wished there would have been more action at sea, missed that a lot. Zombies were blah...blah, blah and blah. Blackbeard was okay, kinda wish he would have lasted more than 1 movie or explained his sword's special powers. And what was the story behind Jack's "X" scratch on his cheekbone? Even Johnny didn't know why they gave it to him, just said it showed up in makeup. LOL
Overall I thought it was fun, glad it didn't have any ridiculous silly parts like a miniature Jack sitting on his shoulder or 25 multiplied Jacks wandering about. Watched it in 3D and was disappointed the only major things in 3D were Blackbeard's sword and the bubbles around the ending credits. LOL Just hope they throw out the script that has already been finished and actually rewrite a script that better follows along this plot and storyline. Hopefully they'll listen to all the fans reviews and make the next script with a more intricate plot and characters.