Prepare to get your “arrrrgh” on this weekend as Sony opens The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
The first major animated family film since Universal released The Lorax on March 2, Pirates! looks like fun. The PG-rated 3D movie has the divine voice of Hugh Grant, along with Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven. There’s an albino pirate, a guy with gout and Al Roker as The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens.
Boxoffice.com isn’t holding out a lot of hope, though, predicting a $9 million opening weekend.
That seems a little low to us. Even Arthur Christmas, Sony’s most recent project with Aardman Animations, the company behind Pirates!, opened to $12 million.
One thing is for sure, though: As good as Pirates! might be, it’s not going to be the best pirate movie of all time.
Some Errol Flynn thing? Maybe Captain Blood, which also starred Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone, and got four Oscar nominations? Or Mutiny on the Bounty – the 1953 one with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton one, not the 1980 one with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson — which won the best picture Oscar in 1954?
You’re welcome to argue the point, but we say the best pirate film ever is The Princess Bride. The 1987 movie has everything –fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.
Any other choice would be inconceivable. But tell us your thoughts. Basil.
– Joshua L. Weinstein