1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Get Some Ham In,
This review is from: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)*Film only review*
I wouldn't want to follow up the fantastic `Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit', but someone has to and it falls to `The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists'. Could this film live up to the previous film's moniker of the best ever stop animation film? Unlikely, and in so many ways it does not. Aardman's popular twosome is nowhere to be seen and instead we are introduced to a whole new team of oddballs. I say introduced, you only really get to know the Pirate Captain and Darwin. The Pirate Captain and his crew are a mishmash of the useless and the totally useless - there biggest claim to fame is not their booty, but the quality of their ham night. Despite being rubbish they set out to try and win the Pirate of the Year competition, putting them in league with Darwin, a Dodo and Queen Victoria.
`Pirates' has a scattergun approach to humour that makes `Were-Rabbit' seem sane. As with all Aardman's work the script is packed with funny lines and the sets are covered in Easter eggs that you will be finding for years as you rewatch the film. Hugh Grant as the Pirate Captain is excellent and has great timing; the rest of the crew are also great fun, it is shame that you don't get to learn much about them. As the film progresses it increases in speed and perhaps by the end is a little too confused as everything happens at once. You don't have time to breath, never mind laugh, before the next chase sequence happens.
With this in mind `Pirates' never reaches the heights of `Were-Rabbit', but is far better than `Chicken Run'. The animation is fantastic as always, the lines brilliant, only the plot itself lets the film down slightly. With some saucy jokes hidden away if you look for them, `Pirates' is a film that should appeal to both kids and their parents - not always a given in modern animation.