My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this film... it is nothing more than it pretends to be, summer fluff. No subtle messages. No underlying political tones. Nothing but thrills, fun and adventure. Many scenes are a bit cliche, since we've seen the rolling through the jungle before, and the strange pirates on a mystery ship. We pretty much knew what to expect before we got there. Though the time drags on a bit about 3/4 through, this is strickly Disney fair for parents and the kiddies. Grab the popcorn and take it on face value, special effects, sword fights, and of course, the up-in-the-air-ending, setting up the next sequel (with a surprise walk-on). Don't expect Depp to get any nominations this time... at least, not for this flick.