In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as 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 win 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!
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We had the opportunity to preview the movie at the Ward Theaters and we really enjoyed it! My girls and I are not really into pirates but this group was hilarious! Each one had their own unique characteristic and I enjoyed seeing them as a group of friends rather than savages. And unlike most pirates, these place family ties and doing the right thing over riches and fame. They’re always there for each other and show support, friendship, and loyalty throughout the movie. Plus, there were some pretty laugh-out-loud moments that took me by surprise.
It takes place on the high seas where Pirate Captain decides that he wants to run for Pirate of the Year. With his loyal crew (and mascot Polly the Parrot) behind him he sails to Blood Island to submit his application. Here he encounters the rest of the pirate candidates . . . all who seem to have a much better chance of winning. They’re meaner, flashier, and most of all . . . have much more booty to their names.
So Pirate Captain goes on a mission to raid vessels on the high seas in search of fortune. Unfortunately, every single ship he encounters is a bust . . . until he meets with up with a strange vessel carrying exotic dead animals. The only human on this ship is a scientist named Charles Darwin who is about to be forced to walk the plank. That is, until Charles notices Pirate Captain’s parrot and announces that Polly is really a supposedly extinct DoDo Bird.
They decide to take Polly to London and present her to the Royal Society with both Charles and Pirate Captain having their own selfish motives behind the mission. Charles want to impress Queen Victoria who he’s in love with and Pirate Captain thinks this will get him the fame and fortune he needs to win the Pirate of the Year Award.
Queen Victoria, on the other hand, has a reputation for hating pirates with a passion. So when she learns of Pirate Captain’s true identity she’s quick to order a beheading. However, she suddenly has a change of heart and decides to offer him riches in return for him handing Polly over to the Queen’s zoo. He takes the offer . . . alienating his crew who all have a fondness for Polly.
When Pirate Captain finally realizes his mistake, he goes on a mission to rescue Polly only to find that Queen Victoria has some secret sinister plans of her own.
Will he rescue Polly in time? Will he eventually win Pirate of the Year? Will his crew forgive him? The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3D) opens in theaters on May 27, 2012. Take the whole family for some swashbuckling fun! Argh!
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This post was written for Sony Pictures who provided the complimentary advance tickets in exchange for my honest review.
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