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Pirate's Passage

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

History-based pirate tale has drinking, mild profanity.

Movie NR 2015 88 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Really stands out from today's films

I find that this film is absolutely phenomenal. For example, the quality of the animation is top notch. For a film that's in the format of a cartoon style, it's far more realistic than a Bugs Bunny cartoon. For instance, if a character is about to move fast, they will do so in the most realistic way, rather than have a cartoonish sound effect playing after they take off. The dialogue is also excellent. The characters speak very realistically, and only when appropriate. I will agree that there is cursing from time to time, though, if you watch the film, it's not that excessive, and every instance of a profanity is justifiable. There's just so much praise this film should get, and I hope to get a sequel to this film. It's that good to watch. In fact, I bought it on ITunes, just to show my appreciation to everyone who made this masterpiece possible.

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age 10+

I really enjoyed this movie!

This movie was awesome. I really liked the style of the animation. I was surprised that is was made in 2015 as it looked much older. The relationship between Captain Johnson and Jim was very special and they both seemed to learn a great deal from each other. Jim did drink rum in the movie and there were some swear words used, but it did not make it a bad movie.

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Is It Any Good?

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Based on a popular YA fiction novel, this adaptation is enjoyable for adults as well as tweens due to the air of mystery surrounding Captain Johnson and in how the story never condescends. Pirate's Passage also goes far in challenging the depictions of pirates in media and popular culture, suggesting that some pirates are/were actually good and that some of the worst pirates live on land and have more sinister ways of looting the innocent. It's an accessible tale that mixes coming-of-age elements with history and pirates of the past with the timeless struggles of making ends meet.

Where it falls short is in the action itself. The schemes to outwit the rapacious businessman of the village and his boorish bullying sons feel like something from a Scooby-Doo episode (sans the masks and talk of "meddling kids"), to say nothing of the fight scenes toward the end. These moments cheapen the seriousness of an otherwise unique story filled with imaginative historical recreations of old pirate battles as well as the culture of a Nova Scotian village in the 1950s. Nonetheless, for fans of stories centered on pirates that deviate from standard "yargh, matey" fare, Pirate's Passage is an original take on familiar themes.

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