Saturday, May 5, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Writer: Gideon Defoe (screenplay)


Hugh Grant ... The Pirate Captain (voice)
Martin Freeman ... The Pirate with a Scarf (voice)
Imelda Staunton ... Queen Victoria (voice)
David Tennant ... Charles Darwin (voice)
Jeremy Piven ... Black Bellamy (voice)
Salma Hayek ... Cutlass Liz (voice)
Lenny Henry ... Peg Leg Hastings (voice)
Brian Blessed ... The Pirate King (voice)
Russell Tovey ... Albino Pirate (voice)
Anton Yelchin ... The Albino Pirate (voice:US version)
Brendan Gleeson ... The Pirate with Gout (voice)
Ashley Jensen ... The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (voice)
Al Roker ... The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens (voice: US version)
Mike Cooper ... Admiral Collingwood (voice)
David Schneider ... Scarlett Morgan (voice)

The Pirate Captain's never won the Pirate Prize for capturing the most treasure, but that doesn't stop him from entering and making a laughingstock of himself one more year even if his coffers are empty and he seems to pick the worst possible boats to try and raid. But, good luck comes his way when he robs The Beagle with none other than Charles Darwin onboard. Darwin recognizes The Pirate Captain's fat parrot as the last Dodo bird. With this find, The Pirate Captain can surely win the prize. The only hitch--the competition is in London town and Queen Victoria despises pirates.

As you'd expect, the film's full of merriment, crosses and double crosses, along with a few good yo-ho-hos abound. This is fairly decent children's fare, though the youngest might not understand the humor.

I thought I'd love this film because it comes from the minds who created Wallace and Gromit. Somehow, the humor doesn't quite hold as well for me. Still, the film was a good way to spend a spring afternoon, but I doubt I will be adding it to my collection.

Rebecca McFarland Kyle, May 2012

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