From the British makers of Wallace and Gromit, the new movie “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits” looks like a mix of swashbuckling shenanigans destined to be popular for kids and the occasional adult. The New York Times has this positive review, and has chosen it as a Critics’ Top Pick.
“You can’t always just say ‘aarrr’ at the end of a sentence and think that makes everything all right.” This is wise advice and not only for pirates and piratephiles of all ages. It’s also the closest thing to a lesson – also: pigs are not fruit – in the delightful stop-motion animation “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” a story of high-seas silliness from that British national treasure Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit). Exquisitely detailed – from its ocean breakers to the wavelike curlicues on a pirate’s luxurious beard – the movie is a curiosity cabinet of visual pleasures but so breezy and lightly funny that you may not realize at first how good it is. (You’re too busy grinning.)
Read the rest of the New York Times review here.