Directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Starring: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton
Did you guys know that there was an Aardman movie that came out earlier this year? It pretty much flew right under my radar, and I try to stay up to date with claymation stuff. I guess that’s the problem with these things taking six years to make, you forget and lose interest during the production.
The captain of a crew of pirates, named The Pirate Captain, wants to enter in a contest for the Pirate of the Year, but he’s seriously outclassed. When he boards the Beagle, Charles Darwin’s ship, the Pirate Captain learns that his faithful “parrot” Polly is actually a dodo bird, which have supposedly been extinct for a hundred years. Darwin convinces him to enter into a science contest for the prize money, but he draws the attention of Queen Victoria, who hates pirates. Victoria belongs to a society of world leaders who eat endangered animals, however, and trades the Pirate Captain a boatload of booty for the bird. When he’s disqualified from the Pirate of the Year contest because of Victoria’s pardon, he decides to go save Polly because friendship is what’s really important and etc etc.
This is a gorgeous film. Seriously, I just could not possibly say the right words for how great it looks. Also, it’s got a good amount of laugh-out-loud funny gags in it, to the point where I was surprised at how much I was laughing. However. The story is a huge, confusing pile of shit that doesn’t make any sense if you spend more than half a minute thinking about it. Saying it’s full of plot holes is a serious understatement. That being said, it’s probably great for kids, who aren’t going to care about trying to keep everything stitched together and are just interested in laughing and having their eyes amazed. That’s the way to go into this movie, with a mental block in regard to why things are happening. It’s really too bad, but that’s how it turned out.