Friday, 21 February 2014

Review : The Pirates ! Band of Misfits

The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists : The Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz and seize the prize of the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes the good Captain and his crew of jolly men from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

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The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists is the latest film produced by Aardman animations and what a treat it is for anyone who watches it. It is so clever, so funny, so brilliantly written and story wise it's excellent as well.

What looks like a very disappointing and not worth while plot actually turns out to be a rather brilliant presentation. Every joke in this film was a winner for me. I sort of went into film eager to watch it but not really expecting to enjoy it. I loved it. It was a much more refreshed and well executed project than previous productions such as Chicken Run.

It was clever how they managed to create the character and evolve them into the story as much as possible. Especially The Pirate Captain, who is the main character who doesn't have a name in the film. The joke of the name is he is only referred to as the Pirate Captain.

There's lots of mini clever gags happening throughout the film, for example though this film is set in the Victorian times, some of the jokes in the film like the blue peter badge on the pirate hat are all relics of present day. So although there is a period setting, the humour is clearly present. That's possibly presented as being a good or bad thing. I suspect it was Aardman just trying to be clever and putting what they could into the story to make it dynamically interesting.

Here's a clip

As far as the story telling was concerned for The Pirates. I do think that it could of been something very different to what was actually presented. Something completely mad and off the wall, and have no context to it what so ever. However I was surprised to discover that the story telling was quite decent.

It did become overtly obeisant with the possession of Polly the dodo, and The Pirate Captain being let's face it a crap pirate. But It was a very funny film with lots of good historical stuff in there, atmospheric setting and music, lighting was superb.

I'm very happy with this film overall. I'll give it 7/10.

NEXT: Stay tuned when I review 'The Sweeney'.  

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