Movie Review: The Pirates! Band of Misfits – booty for kids and parents

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits

My daughter and I saw an early screening of The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Sony Pictures Animation) last weekend. The film is about a pirate who wants to win the Pirate of the Year Award. The movie is based on the first two books from Gideon Defoe’s pirates series: The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists and The Pirates! in an Adventure with Whaling. Continue reading for the full movie review of The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

The 411 for The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The story Pirate Captain tries to win the Pirate of the Year Award
Appropriateness for children No sexual content or bad language that I can recall, but there is some mild violence and one intense scene
3D effects Typical
Positives
  • Humorous for both kids and parents
  • Likeable main character
  • Decent stop motion animation
Negative
  • One scene might be too intense for young children
Release date April 27, 2012
Rating Rated PG for mild action, rude humor and some language
Runtime 88 minutes
Genre Adventure, animation, comedy

Reminds me of Monkey Island
The main character and scenes in The Pirates! Band of Misfits reminded me of Monkey Island, which is a computer game my oldest daughter and I use to play. The game is about the hapless Guybrush Threepwood getting in one mess after another when he tries to become the most notorious pirate in the Caribbean. In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Guybrush Threepwood is replaced with the equally bumbling Pirate Captain (his actual name in the movie). Pirate Captain tries to win the Pirate of the Year Award by plundering one ship after another. But each time, he comes back empty-handed. Then things seemingly turn around for Pirate Captain when he meets Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria. But in order to win the Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain must hand over his beloved bird, Polly. The rest of the story is about Pirate Captain’s decision and the consequences of his actions.

Pirate Captain is likeable
Even though Pirate Captain isn’t a very good pirate, he is very likable. He does a lot of stupid things in the movie, but in in the end he comes through for his friends and crew. I also found Mr. Bobo very likeable. Mr. Bobo is the monkey servant of Charles Darwin, who was captured by Pirate Captain in one of his many unsuccessful raids.

Laugh your booty off
The Pirates! Band of Misfits is not one of those movies that will make you laugh your socks off, but it is a humorous movie. The humor will appeal to both children and parents. However, a lot of the humor seems to be aimed at adults (parents laughed more than the kids did during the movie). Don’t worry, there are plenty of gags that will make your children laugh and keep them from getting bored during the movie.

He almost gets his head chopped off
There is a scene in the movie that might be a bit intense for young children. In the scene, the Pirate Captain was in the process of getting beheaded by an executioner. Don’t worry, no heads were chopped off in the movie. But my six-year old daughter did grabbed my arm during the scene.

Hugh Grant is a pirate
I didn’t recognize his voice during the movie, but Hugh Grant is the voice of a pirate. In fact, he’s the voice of the main character, Pirate Captain. The Pirates! Band of Misfits also features the voices of David Tennant (Charles Darwin), Imelda Staunton (Queen Victoria), Salma Hayek (Cutlass Liz), Jeremy Piven (Black Bellamy), Lenny Henry (Peg Leg Hastings), Brian Blessed (Pirate King), Martin Freeman (pirate), Anton Yelchin (pirate), Brendan Gleeson (pirate), Ashley Jensen (pirate), Al Roker (pirate), Mike Cooper (Admiral Collingwood), and David Schneider (Scarlett Morgan). They all do a decent job. The film was directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt.

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