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The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)


Aardman Animation is best known for creating wonderful characters like Wallace and Gromit, as well as producing some amazing stop-motion animation. The company started out creating short animated cartoons and soon went on to do animated movies. Now, Aardman’s latest feature “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” gives audiences a blend of stop-motion animation with 3D animation. How does it hold up? Well, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is nice to look at, but the overall feel of the film is a bit disappointing.


The story centers on a group of pirates led by Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant). Yes, that’s the name given to him in the movie. Pirate Captain’s crew are trying to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. Unfortunately, all the other pirates look down on him as they think he is a loser. So, Pirate Captain gets caught up with Charles Darwin (David Tennant) and the malicious Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton). Meeting these characters, Pirate Captain must regain his pride and reclaim his title as a ruthless rouge of the seas.


“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a mixed bag that is set aside other Aardman movies. Let’s talk about the good first. The movie flows at a good pace, giving the audience enough time to see what’s going to happen next, and moves the action along pretty well. The music fits the tone of the film well by being lively and quirky. But it’s the animation that gets the job done. The 3D animation is only used when needed, and the character designs and sets look good for an animated movie. Overall, the technical aspects for “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” are not that bad.


But on the other hand, there are some things that downplay the movie quite a bit. First of all, the script was very predictable, and the dialogue could have been a lot funnier. In fact could have been funnier had Pirate Captain known that one of his crew members was a woman. That would have led to some very funny moments. But what really kills the entertainment value of the movie is that there is no sympathy towards our hero. Pirate Captain is just as generic and bland as it could be.


Now does that make the movie bad? No, it’s okay, but there are a lot of flaws to it. Personally, this feels very disappointing from the studio that gave us Wallace and Gromit.


In conclusion, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a nice attempt from Aardman, but feels disappointing to fans of the studio. If the movie had been a little bit stronger, it would have been perfect, but as it stands, it’s all right.

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