Have actually seen this movie twice in the last week, and I loved it both times. Once again, I am at odds with the reviewer in “Time” magazine, and apparently at least 15 other reviewers, who gave this movie a collective C+ (according to Yahoo! movies). Don’t know if it is Oscar-worthy — perhaps the set decoration — but it was certainly entertaining, thought provoking, and I really didn’t know how it would end until it ended. [Writing of which, when you see it (you HAVE to see it!), be sure to sit all the way through the final credits to see the last scene — it is worth it.] Yes, you have to pay attention to everything that is said, and going for more popcorn at any point will make the plot difficult to follow. The character development occasionally makes some unsupported leaps, but is satisfying nevertheless. The scenes of Jack in Davy Jones’ locker are wonderfully twisted; I love the rock crabs. [Foreshadowing!] Elizabeth Swan provides a strong heroine for a generation of little girls. And I love when that tall, gangly pirate (the one with the wooden eye) gets to teach them all about how to talk like a lover to Tia Dalma. 🙂
The movie is rated PG-13. Don’t think it will make it to my all-time-favorites list, but it’s well worth seeing several times. On a scale from 1-5, I give it a 4.9.