I was treated to a pre-screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2” last night (actually around 1:30 this morning). Amazingly, I did not feel sleepy during the movie. It has the same goofy charm and tongue-in-cheek humor of the first one, but with decidely more grotesquerie and less romance. There are a number of entertaining set pieces that are so over the top that even the characters in the movie take a break from buckling their swashes to stare in disbelief at what is happening. The ending is a less-than-satisfying set-up for “Pirates 3” next summer, but all-in-all this movie is a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing it again at a more decent hour.

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Planetary Scientist and Asst. Professor of Physics at University of Central Florida; Movie Buff; Trekkie; Jethro Tull fanatic; part-time actor, piano player, writer; and full-time husband and father.

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