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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! 2012

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 Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.

Starring:
Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Animated
Director Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Starring Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman
Supporting actors Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Lenny Henry, Brian Blessed, Russell Tovey, Anton Yelchin, Brendan Gleeson, Ashley Jensen, Al Roker, Ben Whitehead, Mike Cooper, David Schneider, Tom Doggart, Sophie Jerrold, Sophie Laughton, Peter Lord
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Great film, as you would expect from Aardman. One thing I couldn't work out from other reviews or get anywhere on the net was if the 2D version of the film was on the disc. Well I ordered it anyway, and it does included 2D and 3D versions of the film. Also has an Ultraviolet copy, a code for movieextras, a code for LBP costumes which is something I think Sony should be doing more in their releases. PS3 and Vita extras included with films is a great idea.
Considering the price of these disc in supermarkets now 22 if it has 3D written anywhere near it! this is a good price too
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I thoroughly enjoyed this film and will get the DVD or Bluray as soon as it is available. I can understand that some did not like it, and apparently some found it "boring". I can only assume that the Aardman style humour went over their heads some of the time. There were a few places where everyone around me at the cinema was silent while I found myself laughing at one joke after another. Many are subtle, some just visual, and there are some musical. It's a very good movie in my opinion. One could watch it several times and not find everything that the creators have put in there to entertain us.
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My 4 year old son and I saw this film, and the both of us were completely entranced thoughout. The animation is fantastic, the story is brilliant, but not too complicated for children to enjoy. I was not a Hugh Grant fan, until now - his performance was glorious. As an adult you will spend 50% of your time working out who provided the voices and the other 50% trying to read the poster/graffiti on the walls of the background - its worth watching it twice just to do justice to both tasks.

An essential purchase for Shaun the Sheep fans wether they be adult or child!
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I have seen this film 4 times at the cinema now. As an Aardman fan I desperately wanted to like it and wasn't quite sure how good it was the first time I saw it, but it is so packed with detail, ideas and striking images that I believe it repays repeated viewing. Obviously there is a problematic aspect to this though, which is that most cinema-goers will only go and see it once.

Perhaps for some people the film is not what they were expecting from a pirate adventure - these pirates are not exactly the swashbuckling, ruthless outlaws of popular fiction, although anyone who has read Gideon Defoe's books on which the film is based will have more idea what to expect. Also, as with "Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit", the emotional core of the film is not so much in the plot, but rather in the relationships between the different characters.

Underlying the action of the film are moral messages, only subtly expressed - the middle of the film turns around "the danger of people only liking you because you're famous" (as Gideon Defoe puts it in his children's book version of the film). Ultimately, though, the mood of the film is more positive than this, the characters' actions and their consequences elevating romantic love above the love of money, and placing the value of true friendship above both of these. And I think that's beautiful.
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Pirate Captain and his merry crew are vying for the Pirate of the Year award and the good opinions of The Pirate King. Unfortunately, they're a bit rubbish and can't compete with the likes of Cutlass Lz, Black Bellamy and Peg-Leg Hastings. However, the ship's mascot Polly and Charles Darwin may hold the key to their success.

Aardman have come a long way since they hit the headlines with homegrown titles and characters such as Morph, Creature Comforts and Wallace and Gromit. Unfortunately their subsequent success, the move to a more global audience and their collaboration with bigger US based studios seems to have resulted in an over-produced and badly watered down product.

Pirates! is a case in point. It retains the classic look of an Aardman claymation animation but it is augmented with CGI. It looks good but lacks the rustic charm of the hand-built sets and hand-formed character dolls. There remains a clear undercurrent of typically English humour but it was clearly also heavily adapted by American script writers. American audiences may guffaw, but this Brit only managed a smile and occasional chuckle. The story is typically off-the-wall but it is spoiled by the unaccountable need to crowbar in a preachy and heavy-handed (sigh) "moral lesson". The upshot is that Pirates! comes across less like a Grand Day Out adventure and more like
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Saw it at the cinema. Took the kids and we all enjoyed it. Children will enjoy it and there's subtle jokes in it for adults too.
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I took my 4 year old to see this in 3d. Reading the plot I did wonder if my son would understand it but the story line is not over complicated for a child of his age. He loved all the different pirate characters and disliked the queen. He an i did laugh through out. Contains lots of celebritys, who are each well suited to their characters. I saw it in 3d although I cant see this making a huge difference to the film when watching it at home in 2d. I will be pre-ordering as my son is looking forward to watching it again.
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