Originally Posted by johnapril
NYT ripped it a new one. I think the only value in these sorts of films are the wonderful pieces they inspire in the New Yorker and NYT.
I enjoyed the Times' somewhat jarring reference to Guns 'N' Roses. But the review, like one I read over at EW.com, strikes me as being of questionable value. The reviewer seems to object more to the busy nature of the modern summer blockbuster than the specifics of "Dead Man's Chest." Similarly, Lisa Schwarzbaum at EW hated the first one and, not surprisingly, hated the new one. Her review, in my mind, immediately becomes suspect, if for no other reason than our obviously differing tastes.
In the NY Times review, one of the primary complaints is the lack of a proper ending. But I can't imagine it's any worse than the first in the critically lauded "Lord of the Rings" series, which, if I recall correctly, ends abruptly with someone getting into a canoe.
I imagine PotC will deliver exactly what I (and most folks) expect. If it does, I'll be satisfied.