We know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s a real day. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated each year on 19thSeptember. Having started out as an inside joke between two friends 16 years ago, the comical day grew to become a swashbuckling celebration for all things pirate-y. To give you inspiration on how to live your best pirate life, here are five of our favourite pirate-themed films.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
One of the most loved pirate films of all time, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is already a classic to many, just look at the Halloween costumes that keep getting recycled since 2003! As part of a start-studded cast, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) take to the high-seas to rescue Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightly) from the undead pirate, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Check these renegades out on NOW TV.
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, the animated adaption of Treasure Planet features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the starry-eyed adventurer Jim Hawkins. The spacefaring film follows Jim’s discovery that Treasure Planet isn’t just a myth but could well be a trove of pirate treasure. While it didn’t make a Box Office splash, it soon became a cult classic and was even nominated for Best Animated Feature. You can watch Treasure Planet on Google Play.
Muppet Treasure Island
Who doesn’t love the Muppets? While the lovable puppets were once a Saturday morning staple, they soon crossed over to the big screen. Featuring all the usual favs, from Kermit the Frog to Fozzie Bear, Muppet Treasure Island is loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island (a very popular book in the pirate circles it seems). Take a peep on All 4 to relive your childhood.
Arguably one of the most well-known Peter Pan adaptions, Hook sees the late Robin Williams as the adult Peter Pan who lost his childhood memory when he left Neverland. However, things soon change when the notorious pirate Captain Hook kidnaps Peter Pan’s three children. The alternative concept may not have done too well with film critics, but it’s a classic nonetheless and shows that even when you grow up, you’re still a kid on the inside. You can watch Hook on Netflix.
Peter Pan (2003)
We know we’ve already got one Peter Pan film in the list, but we’d be rude not to add in this classic. Sticking closely to the original story, this adaption has the pirates and magic we all know and love. Starring Jeremey Sumpter as Peter Pan and Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook, the film follows Peter and the Lost Boys’ adventure to save a kidnapped Wendy Darling from Captain Hooks’ evil clutches. With handfuls of fairy dust and sword fighting, you can check this film out on the Sky Store.
Unlike the pirates in these films, you won’t have to sail the high seas to find these golden films. All of these films are readily available in one place on any TV (even if it’s not ‘smart’) through a Roku streaming player.
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