What a long name for a film. And it’s even got a different one in the US (Pirates! Band of Misfits) just to confuse matters. Anyway, the local Cineworld had a showing for Â£1 this Saturday morning (although you have to take a child with you to get in) thus demonstrating one definite advantage in having a couple of nippers in the house. I took Little Mister while his big sis, and gestating little sis, were at a guitar lesson.
“I HATE PIRATES!”
Plot-in-a-nutshell: Crap pirate tries to win Pirate of the Year prize by being less crap, but still while made of Plasticene
See it if you like: the other Aardman films, and very impressive animation
Just a quick review as I’m rushed for time. On the whole, not a bad film. The animation is probably the best I’ve ever seen from Aardman, with some astoundingly details scenery and characters. I gather there is a touch of CGI, mainly for things like water and the sky, but everything else is hand-crafted and absolutely beautiful to behold.
Little Mister didn’t seem to be enjoying the film as it progressed and I can kind of understand why. Kids need a simple, obvious good character in a film to root for and there simply isn’t one in Pirates! Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) is the one who comes good at the end, but he’s not reallyÂ good. He’s just crap at being a pirate along with the rest of his crew. Throw in the nasty competitors for Pirate of the Year, a backstabbing Charles Darwin (David Tennant) and an insane, scary Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and I can see why he said on a few occasions that it was “too scary”.
Having said that, by the time the titles were rolling I had to encourage him out of his seat and he was chattering about how much he wanted to tell mummy about it. So like Pirate Captain, I guess it came good for him in the end!
There is a good run of humour through the film from chortlesome slapstick to the typical wonderful visual humour that Aardman seem to just throw around as ifÂ anyone can do it. A chief example is Bobo the monkey who “talks” using pre-printed cards. There’s no explanation as to where these cards come from, or how they happen to have the right words on. They’re justÂ there. And they allow a degree of comic timing that any stand-up comedian would kill for.
The story is good and it doesn’t run for too long. There is a wealth of background gags, so it would probably stand up to repeat viewing by adults – and if you get it on DVD for the kids, you just know you’ll be subjected to it multiple times. If I had a problem with it, it was that the volume of the voices seemed a little low at times which made it difficult to pick up some of the quick one-liners. However, there’s always the possibility this was an issue particular to the cinema.
Not bad, and enjoyed by a 4 and a 38 year old today.
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