The Van Helsing score shows perfectly that a good, infact great! adventure score can be done with a leading orchestra. And still it appealed to so many people.
"Normal" people (I talked to) liked it very much, and fans of orchestral music can be cheery about it as well. Plus, it works 100 times better on film then any MV score.
I bet the PotC score would have been very great. No doubt it would have been "similar" to Van Helsing, as this score is "similar" to The Mummy Returns and that to Eraser or Judge Dredd ect. ect...
I hoope there are many big adventure flicks coming up for Silvestri.
BTW, I think Pirates was in no way a better film then Van Helsing. PotC only screamed "hey I'm the kind of film that people call sophisticated" and people followed. Van Helsing didn't and people didn't follow. Plusit had some miscasted actors.