28 March 2012

Fishy's Film Reviews - The Pirates!

Saw The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists today….in 3D!!!!! \o/

Certificate – U
Running time – 88
Scene after the credits – Nope, there are bits during the credits

Cast –
Hugh Grant as Pirate Captain
David Tennant as Charles Darwin
Martin Freeman as Pirate with Scarf
Brendan Gleeson as Pirate with Gout
Russell Tovey as Albino Pirate
Ashley Jensen as Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate

The plot

After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop - Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven), Peg Leg Hastings (Lenny Henry) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) - in a race to pillage the most booty.

They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew's prized 'parrot', Polly, could be the answer to the 'untold riches' they are searching for.

What's right with it?

It’s classic Aardman where you have the main story going on and loads of extra funny jokes shoved into the background with various posters, billboards, names of shops and sight gags all happening. If you didn’t catch the posters and billboards they show up again during the end credits, “Cockney Baiting” being one of my favourites

The stop motion animation is absolutely gorgeous, I was mesmerised by Pirate Captains swirly beard all the way through and the level of detail in various scenes

The voice cast is also pretty spot on. I’m usually pretty good with guessing the voices of the characters but Charles Darwin’s flew right over my head and I was shocked when I saw he was voiced by David Tennant. This shows great skill in the fact that you get more absorbed by the character than the voice work

A great choice of music too, with music coming from the likes of The Clash and Flight of the Conchords

What’s wrong with it?

They go for some obvious jokes, but Aardman does it with style so it’s okay

I would have liked the story to focus more on the rival Pirates. I understand there is a sequel in the works though based on the second book which focuses on Cutlass Liz

3D just doesn’t work. Yeah its alright for the odd gimmicky bit but it makes the screen too dark, and a film like this needs to be colourful and vibrant. Can we just please do away with 3D now please?

Best Scene?

I loved the animations with the maps and traversing the ocean

Best Quote?

Pirate Captain: Every time I've entered, I've failed to win. So, I must have a really good chance this time!

Pirate with Scarf: Can we get there?
Pirate Captain: Yes, but unfortunately there's this dirty great sea monster in the way.
Charles Darwin: I think they just add those on the maps for decoration.
Pirate Captain: Is that a fact?

Bonus Trivia

The film is based on Gideon Defoe's novel 'The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists' (the Pirates encounter Darwin and Bobo)

The film is primarily stop-motion animation, but computer-generated animation was used for much of the scenery (the sky and sea primarily).

The Pirate with Gout is wearing a Blue Peter badge on his hat. The badge is a much coveted award for Blue Peter viewers, given by the children's television programme for those appearing on the show, or in recognition of achievement. They are awarded to children aged 6 to the age of 15, or to adults who have appeared on the show. They come in various colours for different kinds of achievement but the one shown is the most famous blue ship on white background

Final Thoughts

It’s a good fun film, catch it in 2D where you can and bring along the kids as after all it is nearly Easter and what better way to celebrate than with Pirates and Chocolate

My Advice?
Go watch it!!!

Now I'm gonna go read the books

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