Story goes, author Gideon Defoe wrote his charming and hilarious book The Pirates! in an adventure with Scientists, about a crew of hapless pirates, to impress a young lady and convince her to leave her then boyfriend for him. Unfortunately for Gideon it didn’t work but the good news was his story ended up published followed by three more successful The Pirates! books and now Aardman Animation studios have adapted his original story into a glorious stop-motion movie…suck on that beetch!
The film has a massive cast with Hugh Grant as the Pirate Captain, along with Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, (how could any self respecting pirate film not have Brian Blessed in it’s cast?), Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen. We have to say this, but after the absolute misery of Pirates Of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides and our first impressions of the new Tintin movie this stop-motion effort looks like it has more humour, plot and character development than both combined, but then this film is about pirates which means we’re unashamedly biased.
The film’s official synopsis reads:
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is 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!
There is another trailer available to watch but those misers over at The Guardian are keeping it for themselves for the time being, it’s got a lot more humour and a witty little sea shanty throughout. Chart a course for HERE if you want to watch it. For some bizarre reason the film will be marketed Stateside as The Pirates! Band Of Misfits. Those wacky yanks!