This was certainly a much "larger" movie than the first two were. In every way. I really loved this movie and I don't think it was all that confusing. Yes, it was a very steady string of betrayals and backstabbings by pretty much everyone, but we're dealing with a cruel blackhearted "businessman" and the entire pirate world. What did you expect? The plot was still pretty easy to follow but it will take a few more viewings to really get down to the who crosses who and when.
The score was amazing and fit the movie perfectly. I got the soundtrack a few days ago and so many of those songs make much more sense after having seen the scenes they go with.
Each of the characters had some heart-wrenching moments, though I think the most emotional was Elizabeth and her father. That was a truly sad and cruel moment. Tia Dalma's distress over how things were going vs how they were supposed to have gone all those years ago was very well played out. And there are definitely a few moments when you really do feel sorry for Davey Jones. They expose much more of his history in this one and it is a sad story.
The nods to the ride scattered throughout the movie were amazing. The large "blackout" scene with the audio only caught us off guard and we were laughing happily at that. Then we realized that no one else in the theater got it. A good number of Barbosa's lines were straight out of the ride as well and were so perfectly a part of the story. The writers really must be given the credit they deserve for that.
The special effects were beyond amazing. They really upped the ante again with this one. The maelstrom was breathtaking and one of the most incredible action sequences ever filmed.
And to pull off a wedding in the middle of that sequence and have it fit without being corny was awesome. I love that Captain Barbosa just starts in on the ceremony likes its any old normal wedding.
I will definitely be going back to see this one in order to take it all in. As with any movie, it has its negative points as well, but I don't really think they add up to much when compared with the good. Though some have found the Jack Sparrow oddness (those who have seen it will know what I'm talking about) to be corny, it fits with what has recently happened to him.
Tia Dalma says that Davey Jones locker is a place of endless torment. The worst possible torment that you can bring on yourself. Can you imagine a worse torment for Captain Sparrow than to be stuck on his ship, in the middle of the desert with nothing but a crew of yous? As a recently returned member of the realm of the living, is it any wonder that he experiences the hallucinations throughout the movie?
For me, 4 out of 5 stars. That could go up or down on future viewings, but I feel it will only go up.