- I would happily follow Captain Elizabeth Swann, the dread Pirate King, into dire peril and out again. Keira Knightley has never done anything for me in the films up to this point, but stick a sword in her hand and have her barking orders and *boy howdy.*
- I would not follow Captain Will Turner to the 7-11 for a hot dog.
- I would follow Captain Jack Sparrow to the nearest bar, because I like seeing things done well by professionals, and I'll wager Jack's drinking falls into that category.
- The movie would have benefited from having a color palette broader than "muted blue" and "dirty brown." There were several instances where I had a little difficulty figuring out what I was seeing, because the costumes and sets were all using the same color schemes. The sequence in Singapore is a case in point; when everybody's running around, I had to take some time to figure out what exactly I was looking at.
- I was way too conscious of the amount of money spent. Spectacle, okay, but DAMN. I would be happy with a ship-to-ship duel; when you have a ship-to-ship duel, with boarding parties, in a maelstrom, while swordfights and rope-swinging is going on in the masttops, and it just goes on and on and on, it's like eating the world's hugest birthday cake. I mean, it got to the point that I'd've appreciated a little modesty.
- The scene where all the pirate ships raise the colors was one of my favorite parts of the film, in part because -- ooh! different colors! different flags! visual interest from things other than massive amounts of costumed extras and/or CGI!
- The music and editing from the long walk leading up to the sandbar parley sequence had me grinning and nodding, because I knew *exactly* what score they'd used for the temp track of that sequence. In a true case of Temp Track Syndrome, Hans Zimmer made the final music sound way too much like the original. But if you're gonna swipe, you can do a lot worse than Sergio Leone's best movie, and Morricone's best score. (If you haven't seen the film, stop the video after about 2:30, so you don't spoil yourself.)
My big regret for the ending: I really wanted Jack to see the Pearl gone, start screaming vows of dire vengeance for Barbossa's latest affront, and then turn and see Barbossa on the dock.
BARBOSSA. "What did I do?"
JACK. "Hold on -- but if you're -- and you're not -- then who...?"
CUT TO THE BLACK PEARL, with Pirate King Elizabeth Swann at the wheel, grinning fiendishly. Hey, I'd've dug it, and I'd've watched a sequel starring Knightley.