Okay. Just got back.
That was, quite plainly, the best film I have seen since at least the first one.
Splash literally had to stop me clapping at the end.
Jesus Christ, I still haven't gotten over how good it was.
Plenty of attraction nods - I was surprised at how well done the drowning mayor scene was. The dog with the keys was all over the place though!
I can understand the reports about how Jack is unlikeable in the film. I really didn't like him when I came out of the theater, but I still love him deep down because I know he will pull through in Movie 3. I can't blame the writers though because if he didn't do what he did, the movie would be entirely different.
Tia Dalma was especially good, and Splash also told me that that scene was a nod to the Blue Bayou - I haven't visited Disneyland CA so I wouldn't know. Davy Jones was too realistic - I really couldn't tell if it was amazing CG or amazing AA!
But the best part of the film for me - the one that Splash had to stop me clapping for - was right at the very end. Jack is in the Kraken's belly, and Tia Dalma has challenged his remaining crew (Elizabeth, Will, the two quirky pirates and Master Gibbs) to retrieve Jack (they must go to the World's End - I think the third film's title was just confirmed). The gang are all up to Tia's challenge, and then Tia says they need a new captain for this mission. The only captain being suitable... Captain Barbossa, all brand spanking new and clean! I nearly had a heart attack. That was the best bit of the film when Barbossa appeared.
As I said to Splash - I loved Barbossa as a baddie, but he is even better as a goodie!
You must go and see this film. You MUST!