Like its predecessor, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (2006), this second sequel to the surprise hit is the guest that wouldn't leave. Yes, it tosses off some witty gags. Yes, it's ever so good-looking. Yes, it's got a bag of tricks big enough to keep undemanding children entertained before dinner. But it's almost three hours long, and that's a lot of time to invest in what is, essentially, a theme-park attraction you can't ride.
It begins where the last film left off: Woozy, boozy Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is trapped in Davy Jones' (Bill Nighy and a tangle of slimy CGI tentacles) locker, and with each passing day the British East India T...