Starring: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Selma Hayek, Anton Yelchin, Brian Blessed
Directed by: Peter Lord
Synopsis: Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award. The quest takes his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
In an attempt to break the tyrannical hold that Cars and it’s even more insidious younger brother, Cars 2, has over my son and our household in general, I thought I would try him with this. He was having none of it and walked off within three minutes, but I stayed until the end, and am fully glad I did.
The Aardman Animation team hit the big screens with this slightly mad cap adventure with an all star voice cast. And it’s pretty damned funny!
I’ll start by saying, I’m not a fan of Aardman’s talismans Wallace and Gromit. I didn’t like it as a kid and I’ve never understood peoples affection for it. I do however understand how ground breaking it was, and how Aardman themselves continue to be. For me, this film as a far better example of their very British sense of humour, as well as some really ambitious animations.
The cast is great, and the jokes are really funny, regardless of age. It ranges from little nods to the adults, touches like the Pirate King (Blessed) wearing a white jumpsuit a la Elvis, to full on slapstick for the kids. It is a zany world that features real life characters such as Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin, and some cracking pirates. The story is kind of all over the place, as the title would suggest but it’s never short of enjoyable.
If I was an Aardman sceptic beforehand, they have won me over with The Pirates!