Movie Review: The Pirate Fairy (2014)

Synopsis: Even though she is forbidden to do so, Zarina, a pixie dust keeper fairy, conducts secret experiments to learn more about the pixie dust and what it can do. When one of her experiments causes an accident, Zarina flees Pixie Hollow. A year later, she returns, as a pirate, and steals the blue pixie dust that is essential for fairies to fly. It is up to Tinker Bell and her friends to retrieve the dust and, if possible, convince Zarina to return home.

Who's in it? The animated movie uses voices from Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston, Lucy Liu and Jim Cummings.

Review: My youngest daughter wanted to have a family movie night so, after turning her down a couple times this week (due mostly to not really having the time), we ended up having one last night.

I let her and her older sister pick out the movie as long as it was one none of us had seen yet. This film happened to be on Netflix and ended up being the one we watched.

While this isn't the type of movie I will go out of my way to watch, I had recently watched Secret of the Wings with the girls and liked that movie enough to be optimistic about this one. As it turns out, it was actually a really good movie.

There were a couple things I found I liked about this film. The first was the way Zarina (Hendricks) used her pixie dust expertise to cause Tinker Bell (Whitman) and her friends to switch their powers. This added a surprisingly interesting element to the movie because, in addition to overcoming Zarina and her group of henchmen, the fairies also had to figure out how to use their new powers. And, I must admit, some of the situations they wound up in as a result of that were actually kind of funny.

The other thing I liked about this movie was the way it subtly tied the Tinker Bell movies to the Peter Pan stories, including the introduction of a famous villain and even how Tick-Tock Croc earned his name. That part was actually pretty impressive and required a lot of forethought you don't normally see in movies that are geared toward younger kids.

Final Opinion: It obviously isn't a movie I would watch without my daughters in the room with me. But, overall, I thought it was an entertaining movie with a good mix of action and laughs and is a film I would recommend as a result of that.

My Grade: A


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