Hugh Grant > Johnny Depp


26th October 2011

New Aardman trailer makes Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides look like Cutthroat Island, and makes Cutthroat Island look like an actual Somali pirate. So you know it's good!

Hugh Grant proved himself a scourge of the tabloids earlier this year, and now with this trailer for The Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists, he's set to sail the seven seas and remind us all he actually makes movies too. This is Grant's first film since Did You Hear About The Morgans? Music & Lyrics in 2007, so I'm not sure what he's been up to in the meantime. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was private and none of our business.

How delightful. Get your Aardman checklist ready...

- Wonderful old-school stop-motion animation?
- Expressive yet simplistic characters?
- Whimsy?
- Peerless visual gags?
- Risque humour?

Check, check, check, checkedy check and CHECK. Yes, The Pirates! is already looking like being a damn sight better than Jack Sparrow's last adventure - On Stranger Tides could barely string a yo and a ho together, whereas this looks like being more fun than a barrel of rum. My only concern is with how it'll be marketed at home and abroad. That clunky title has already caused me problems: searching IMDb for 'The Pirates!' doesn't exactly yield instant results.

But really, we're sure The Parson's Pirates is BRILLIANT.

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