The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists


Plasticine buccaneering and treasure hunting

Mind your back, Jack Sparrow: Aardman’s pirate pic packs more wit and invention into 88 minutes than Johnny Depp’s japes mustered over 10 hours.

Hugh Grant slumps into humble-bumble mode as Pirate Captain, pursuing buccaneering-awards victory with as much hope of glory as Darwin (David Tennant) has of getting laid.

But it’s Aardman’s return to Plasticine that delivers treasures, its delight in detail offsetting plot sag with a plunder of blink/miss sight gags. BD offers two shorts and a pirate-disguise game.

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