Recently I was given the opportunity to take a look at a new family movie called, “Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson.” Being a children’s minster and a father I jumped at the opportunity for a free movie night with my family. I mean, the opportunity to take a critical look at something being offered for the viewing pleasures of the families I serve. Ok, maybe a little of both. So, what did I think?
Story: The story was a fairly typical children’s movie story line. Bad guy tries to do bad things. Good guys don’t get along at first, but later come together and beat the bad guy. In spite of being almost cliche in it’s plot I enjoyed the story. Of course I’m kind of a sucker for stories where the good guys win and live happily ever after. If you are also a sucker for such stories, you’ll probably like this one.
Quality: When I was a teenager we used to enjoy going to the local video rental store and renting sci fi movies that we had never heard about. These usually had a bunch of actors we had never heard of and was made by people we had never heard of. These were movies that had less budget that some people spend on their cars. Still we enjoyed them. “Pirate’s Code” was somewhere between those old, no name sci fi movies and the high quality productions that we are used to today. While this was a feature length movie, much of the cinematography and effects were more inline with a children’s television series. Not bad, but not worthy of the big screen. that being said, I have seen some movies that were so poorly done that I couldn’t stand to watch it. This was NOT one of those.
Family friendliness: This movie scores high for family friendliness. It is safe for even the youngest members of your family, but also can be enjoyed by just about every member. My 6 year old daughter and 13 year old son both enjoyed it. I did too.
Overall impression: This is not a movie that I would want to pay movie theater kind of money to see. However, if it were available in Redbox or even at a decent price for purchase, I would pay to watch it. I enjoyed it the first time again and will, likely, watch it again. It won’t be on my top 10 list, but was a fun movie to watch.
Slight spoiler: I enjoyed that Christopher Loyd was in the movie and my entire family got a good laugh when one of the other characters in the movie responded to something Christopher Loyd said with a resounding “Great Scott”.
Bottom line: If you have the chance to see the movie, go for it. I think that you and your kids will enjoy it. It will not be the best movie you see this year, but it is worth popping some microwave popcorn, turning down the lights and gathering the family in front of the TV.
Below is a link to the trailer for this movie.
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