Today I went and saw Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and it was impressive.
I didn't realize how long it was (≈3 hours) until I looked at my watch as I left the theater. They maintained the pace and tension very well. The ending was something I didn't see coming, and not what I expected at all.
On more detail, I found it interesting that Will was mortally wounded with the last sword he himself made. Also, the wedding was quite different from the average sort. There was the usual scattering of humorous moments throughout, which generally worked.
One minor complaint I have was with the beginning. While the sort of crackdown seen in the beginning of the film fits with British anti-piracy and colonial rule methods of the times, the precise wording of the proclamation, with phrases like “state of emergency”, “habeus corpus suspended”, and the like, seems like a not-so-subtle attempt at a political dig at the current administration's actions in dealing with illegal combatants in the terrorists' war on the US.
All in all, I think is was a satisfying, if somewhat bittersweet, ending to an excellent movie trilogy, one of the best, and more original, films from Disney in quite some time.
Also, they had the trailer for “The Golden Compass.” The casting and visual effects look good, but I'm somewhat worried about some of the changes they're rumored to have made to the story & setting have me worried. I greatly enjoyed the books, and I'm worried much of the central themes and elements will be removed or distorted terribly in an attempt to avoid offending certain thin-skinned elements.