I'll skip the usual pleasantaries. Suffice to say that if you have watched the first one, you'll feel a lot more at home with this sequel. There is also no clear ending because, as we all know, there is a third installment. However the movie itself is well-paced and character development does continue from the first, although not to the same degree. The acting is also about the same level as before, though with a lot more emphasis on the character of Jack Sparrow, perhaps too much but if anyone can pull it off, its Johnny Depp, savvy? A lot of innuendo, visual gags and various other tid-bits are carried over from before and extended, look for them, they do bring a smile to the face The special effects in this movie are a step up from the first movie, as expected and occasionally they overwhelm the viewer. Unlike Superman Returns where the cgi was so seamless as to be invisible, it is occasionally so OTT that it just doesn't cause the necessary drama or garners the appreciation from the audience (read, me). I would definitely give this movie a recommendation. I will be watching a Scanner Darkly soon and will post a review of that too. This movie == 4/5 OSNN stars, simply because it had no ridiculously glaring flaws and because it did not let me down DO NOT READ SPOILERS UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE Spoiler My pet peeve with this movie is near the end with Elizabeth and Sparrow's big scene on the ship. She say's, the kraken wants him and thats why she does it. WTF !!! She WATCHED HIM ROW AWAY while the ship was being attacked. This is a massive/glaring/noobish flaw. Fortunately, it is established early enough in the movie that it is indeed Sparrow the Kraken is after so I didn't feel to badly. But for the sake of massive visual's and the key change of heart scene, the writer/director conspired to believe that the audience was comprised of retards. Bad form ol chap, bad form indeed. Savvy?