The Pirates! Band of Misfits
PG for mild action, rude humor and some language.
Genre: Adaptation, comedy, animated, action, adventure.
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
With a rag-tag crew by his side – and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him – the Captain has just one dream. After many attempts the Pirate Captain wants to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to the much coveted Pirate of the Year Award. It’s a quest that takes he and his crew from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
Will he win? Or will he lose? Only time will tell.
British Humor Alert!
While it did grab the number two spot on the weekend box office list for it’s debut, it really didn’t pull in a lot of money. I have a feeling much of the slightly more than $11 million revolves around the fact it is also screening in 3D which means higher ticket prices.
The story is simple – The Captain Pirate wants to win the Pirate of the Year Award. In order to do so, he must finally find a lot more booty than he has in the past. Setting out in search of fortune which will in turn lead to fame, Captain Pirate also finds himself in the midst of a battle with the diabolical Queen Victoria. Making the adventure even more adventurous – along the way he stumbles across a smitten young scientist who is in love with the Queen and will do anything to win her favor.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits falls into the category of “take it or leave it” movies. The main reason for this revolves around the fact that if you don’t like British humor, you will probably find this movie slow, boring and not funny at all. Created by the same people responsible for Wallace & Gromit the clay-mation film technique is impressive and fascinating. But keep in mind, The Pirates! Band of Misfits is by no means a rolling on the floor laughing out loud type of movie. The humor is subtle and at times rapid-fire. If you’re not accustomed to such a humor style, you will indeed miss many of the jokes.
When it comes to voice talent, Hugh Grant – the voice of the Pirate Captain – gets high points for his performance here. We’ve always enjoyed Grant and were saddened when he decided to stop acting. Apparently he does not do well in public and has a high anxiety level making it difficult for him to be around a lot of people. But, when it comes to voice talent, working in the world of animation is a great fit because he’s in a studio doing voice work. It was nice to hear Grant – even if it was in animation form with his voice – on the big screen again.
The only other notable voice talent in The Pirates! Band of Misfits is Anton Yelchin who voices The Albino Pirate. This young actor is certainly showing his versatility when it comes to his Hollywood career. I first came across Yelchin in Terminator Salvation and was impressed with his performance. Then in 2009 he played Chekov in the re-invention of Star Trek. He impressed me even more! Now seeing how he does as an animated character makes me wonder if there’s anything this guy can’t do. Between Yelchin and Grant, this movie is enjoyable when their characters are on the screen.
Overall, while I’m only giving The Pirates! Band of Misfits just two Lloyds, that does not say the movie is a total loss. I personally like British humor so I did find portions of the movie funny. However, much like the Wallace and Gromit movies, The Pirates! is not a fast paced attention grabber type of flick. Instead it meanders it’s way through an hour and a half of moments of brilliance here and there. For the most part, this is probably best viewed in 3D or simply on your home TV when the DVD comes out.
Enjoy the show!