This installment in Disney's "Pirates" franchise spends its first half hour or so rectifying its decision to kill off Captain Jack Sparrow in the previous movie, and in doing so, doesn't really feel like it gets off the ground running until it has already used up a fifth of its runtime. This is the longest film in the series at 2 hours 49 minutes, and a lot of the time feels wasted. There is a lot of set-up in the first half of the movie for the climax. All of the moving pieces have to be put into place for there to be a big enough pay-off to justify these sequels. There are a lot of characters in this movie and each one has a complex plot to betray other characters and advance themselves in some way. Unless you have a notepad ready to jot down every characters' plot or never break focus and pay attention all the way through, it is difficult to keep up. Due to the constant weaving of complex storylines among the many characters, there is a lot of exposition and not a lot of action really. There are a few little action sequences scattered throughout the first 3/4ths of the film, but nothing incredibly memorable. The main action sequence in the climax though is definitely big and memorable. There is a lot going on as the Flying Dutchman and Black Pearl ships face off in a whirlpool and characters sword fight and get married. Yes, that's right there is a wedding among the action which is just weird, and this is even weird in the context of a movie that has a giant woman turn into a tower of crabs moments before, but at least that fit into the weirdness of this movie. The action is great though when there is action. The effects hold up really well even by today's standards. Davy Jones and his crew all look great (relatively speaking of course). The acting is strong again in this installment. Johnny Depp does great once again as Captain Sparrow. Geoffrey Rush's return as Captain Barbosa is nice just to see his acting, but the character is not near as interesting as he was in "Curse of the Black Pearl." Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley do good as well, but it does get hard cheering for them as a couple when it seems like it mostly based on them just being attractive people and not much more. They do have some chemistry which really does save this on screen romance. This movie lacks the charm of the first installment, but it is still entertaining. A lot of elements from the previous films find a big pay-off here and it is nice to see. The dialogue is not incredibly memorable, and a lot of the jokes are recycles from the other movies. This movie is better than the installments that came after it, and it is still a fun movie, it is just flawed. The score is still great, which is definitely a good thing. Overall, I give this movie a 6.5/10.