My final....final is tomorrow. SO, it's 1 o'clock in the morning and I've decided to write a bit of a review about "PiratesL A band of Misfits." From Aardman Entertainment. From the makers of "Chicken Run" and "Wallace and Gromit" comes a movie about a pirate captain, aptly named "Pirate Captain" who wishes to become pirate of the year. apparently, I didn't know this but it's struck up some controversy as well, in a year where movies with graphic anal rape have been released, a movie with clay pirates trying to rescue their Dotto/Parrot is the one that has struck up controversy!
The movie begins with pirates below deck in an argument about what is the best thing about being a pirate. Is it the looting, the shiny cutlasses or the chance to cats exotic diseases? When things get their most heated, Pirate Captain emerges to break things up and inform his crew that it's not the loot, the cutlasses, or the scurvy that makes a pirates life so great, IT'S HAM NIGHT! There's some dancing, and Pirate Captain expresses his desire to become pirate of the year. He goes to fill out his application, and other "more deserving pirates" arrive and Pirate Captain feels a sense of shame. His bounty is only up to 12 doubloons, he doesn't have much loot and his shanties just aren't Jaunty enough. Yet, other more deserving pirates shame him in to putting forth an effort regardless. This leads Pirate Captain to the boat of Charles Darwin, a scientist who is studying evolution. Darwin points out to Pirate Captain that his Parrot is in fact a dodo bird and unspeakable treasure will be his if Darwin is allowed to present the dodo at the science convention. Hilarity ensues!
The controversy was over a joke when Pirate Captain attacked a ship that turned out to be filled with Lepers, no gold just lepers. An arm then falls off. Here's the blip from wikipedia, I do have other sources but this is the easiest.
"In January 2012, it was reported that the latest trailer of The Pirates! attracted some very negative reactions from the leprosy community. In the trailer that was released in December, The Pirate Captain lands on a ship demanding gold, but is told by a crew member, "Afraid we don't have any gold old man, this is a leper boat. See," when his arm falls off. Lepra Health in Action and some officials from the World Health Organization, expressed that the joke shows the illness in a derogatory manner, and it "reinforces the misconceptions which leads to stigma and discrimination that prevents people from coming forward for treatment." They demanded an apology and removal of the offending scene, to which Aardman responded: "After reviewing the matter, we decided to change the scene out of respect and sensitivity for those who suffer from leprosy. The last thing anyone intended was to offend anyone...". LHA responded that it was "genuinely delighted that Aardman has decided to amend the film," while the trailer was expected to be pulled down from websites,  and the theatrical version of the film has got the "leper" word replaced with "plague"."
Whatever, I thought that was one of the funniest moments in the film, but I guess if I were a leper I'd feel differently?
Moving on, I loved this movie. It was slow at times, and isn't Aardman's best movie but it is definitely a fun film. It's right up my alley with it's ridiculous humor, memorable characters, and isn't it fun to just see claymation in theaters? something very nice about movies where occasionally you'll catch a thumb print in one of the characters. If you were a fan of the other two movies mentioned, you'll enjoy this one. It was a ton of fun and is a welcome addition, but if you hadn't seen the others, I'd recommend possibly renting Wallace and Grommit to see if the humor is up your alley, wow 1 o'clock reviews day before exams shouldn't happen. ok Bed time.