I am very, very very, very pleased. I love the first movie, LOVE it. I saw it 4 times in the theater, and numerous times on DVD. The second movie? I LIKED it. It didn't have the magic or the awesomeness, or give me the chills like the first movie did, many people didn't like it, mainly because of the cliffhanger ending, but I knew there was going to be a cliffhanger ending, so I enjoyed it alot. The third movie? LOVE it. I avoided hype and reviews and was ready for the third movie. Expecting everything to be solved, wrapped up, tied up, and finished. And it was.
Spiderman 3, Shrek 3, Pirates 3. All in one month. Spiderman 3 failed on how great it could have been, Spiderman 3 could have kicked the shit out of everything but it didn't. Shrek 3, I was not a big fan of the first 2 movies, so didn't expect much out of the third. Pirates 3 though, lives up to its promise, and delivers on all levels.
The story is simple, and not confusing at all, if you know and love/like the first two, you'll get this one. Jack Sparrow is dead, gone and in the land of the dead, where all that die at sea go, to Davy Jones Locker. Lord Beckett is in the midst of wiping out Pirates, so a meeting must be had to decide what the 9 Pirates Lord are to do, only problem is, 1 of the Pirate Lords, Jack, is dead. So Barbosa, Elizabeth, Will, and the rest of the crew must go and get him back, travel to the land of the dead, and get out.
Thats just the first part of the movie, there is so much in this movie I can't even get into all of it. Now I am not saying there is so much that you can't follow it all, lets just say that the movie is 2 hours and 45 minutes long, but you never once feel it. Never does the movie drag on, or get boring. I was constantly entertained by what was happening, everyone is great in this movie, and unlike the first two movies, this time, I really liked Will Turner. All questions, loose ends, empty holes are answered, tied up, and filled in this movie. I left the theater very very happy and satisfied with all that happened with the characters. And I mean EVERYONE, remember the two guards in the first movie that Jack tricks at the beginning? Even they have their fates solved for them.
As for throwbacks to the actual ride itself? This movie has my favorite, at one point in the movie, I wont say when to keep it a surprise, the screen goes black and you hear actual sounds and music the ride! Which kicked ass to me. And the other part that I caught is a line Barbosa says from the ride... "It be too late to alter course now!" God these movies rule.
The ending of the movie? Oh man is it big. Major fight scenes, and a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE plot twist that changes the fate and life of one of the major characters forever that I was shocked to see happen, and EXTREMELY happy with that basically sold the ending of this movie to me.
A 4th movie? Well this movie does leave it open for a 4th movie, it ends with some of the characters going on a all new adventure. If they do make a 4th, which if they do, I would love, and if they don't, no biggie, but if they do, the characters of Will and Elizabeth need to NOT be in it. Their stories are done and finished in this movie. And it ends perfectly. Especially, after the credits. All 3 of these movies have a little something at the end, the first movie had a scene with the monkey that pretty much told us, there will be a second movie. The second movie had a scene which was kinda pointless and served no real purpose. But after the credits in the third movie is a MAJOR plot point, and shows what ends up happening to two characters.
In conclusion, very very pleased and happy with this movie. If they do not end up making a 4th movie, I can live with that. Everything ended perfectly in this movie. And it is a great trilogy.