It seems that about half the reviews I've glanced at disliked this sequel because of its bloat and excess. "Too much," many of them said, whether they were referring to the action sequences or the 2 1/2 hour running time. And to these naysayers I say, "Lighten up."
Yes, the movie is a bit long in the tooth. And yes, there were a couple of moments where I looked at my watch, not so much because of the film's length, but out of boredom. The action set pieces were fantastic...and, yes, maybe a little lengthy. But so what? In the days of $10 movie tickets, shouldn't we get a little more bang for our buck?
This movie is fun. Isn't that what summer blockbusters are all about?
I will heartily concede that the first Pirates is the superior film, which is not to say this one isn't good, because it is, but for different reasons. The original had characters and plot you could really sink your teeth into, whereas this one, well, we already know the characters, save for the evil(?) Davy Jones, and the plot, well, it doesn't exactly wrap up all nice and neat at the end of the film. That's what next summer's part 3 (At World's End) is for.
But, as I said above, this film is just plain fun, from the witty one-liners to the insane stunt work (the 3-way sword duel atop a rolling mill wheel is a sight to behold) to the spectacular special effects (the enormous sea creature, the kraken, and the barnacled crew of Jones' Flying Dutchman, not to mention Jones himself, are exquisite in their details).
If you want to get away from the world for a few hours, to clear your head, this film will definitely take care of you. There's no thinking involved. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Aargh, I love being a pirate!