In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
The Pirates! Band of Misfits was an entertaining stop-motion animation film that our entire family enjoyed.
We're introduced to a pirate crew full of amusing characters, led by the Pirate Captain, who yearns to one day be Pirate of the Year.
Unfortunately, Pirate Captain is not a very good pirate at all - he can't even steal booty!
However, he does not give up, and during his quest to achieve the somewhat unattainable goal of Pirate of the Year, he and his crew end up on a zany and dangerous journey in which they meet Charles Darwin, Mister Bobo (a Man-panzee), and Queen Victoria.
The Captain will stop at nothing to become Pirate of the Year, and despite always getting sensible advice from Pirate with a Scarf (whom he refers to as Number 2), he ends up doing the unthinkable simply to obtain what it takes to win the coveted award.
And to the astonishment of many, he actually wins the award, but it is soon stripped away because of a technicality, and he realizes he must right the wrongs that resulted in him being left with nothing.
Eventually Captain realizes that he doesn't need to be Pirate of the Year, nor does he need a lot of loot, in order to be a happy, fulfilled pirate.
The Pirates! was very amusing - there were many comedic scenes, and Smiley's favorite part of the movie was when the Pirate Captain was trying to rescue Polly, his "big-boned parrot," from Queen Victoria, who was in a hot-air balloon. He kept rooting for the Pirate Captain and was hoping he and his bird wouldn't get hurt!
Musician's favorite part of the movie was when the pirate crew ended up in a wild ride in a bathtub!
Not only was The Pirates! highly entertaining, but it was also actually quite educational as well, as we learned a lot about nature and science (such as what happens when you combine vinegar with baking soda).
In terms of the 3D - I personally didn't think the 3D effects were that outstanding, but I know my boys thought the effects were pretty cool (Smiley got really scared during a few fight scenes).
As for the characters, they were all special and quirky in their own way, and my personal favorite was the Pirate Captain. Hugh Grant is one of my favorite actors and he really made the Pirate Captain endearing and fun to watch.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits definitely had us "laughing our booty off" in some scenes, and overall it's an enjoyable and entertaining family film.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens today, April 27, in theaters nationwide.
Thank you to the sponsor for providing tickets to the advance screening. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.