If you’re from here, you get it. Michigan flies under the radar sometimes as having a distinct ‘feel’ to it – but it’s there. Michigan-ness.
It’s not often you get a surge of Michigan pride while watching a movie but it happened tonight. We had the priveledge (I don’t say that lightly) of attending the world premiere of the new movie Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson.
It was at a benefit for the Grand Rapids Public Museum (where the ‘Real Pirates’ exhibit is opening soon!) in the Meijer Theatre which locals will recall is where the Mighty Wurlitzer lives. We sat down and the Wurlitzer was honking away while we waited for the show to begin which kicked off the evening nicely.
My kids are big “Spy Kids” fans and this movie was right in line with that. The kids are the stars, the savers of the day – the ones with the plan to get everyone to safety. The movie is very entertaining and kind of has two different story lines going on which eventually converge into quite a dramatic finish. There are pirates, and rocket shoes, and a mad scientist. It’s not rated; but I would put it at a high G or low PG. There is nothing inuendo-ish or inappropriate in this movie at all.
After the movie we got to meet some of the cast. They were all exceptionally nice, especially that Mickey Matson boy. I understand he is from West Michigan, so that explains that.
You’ll recognize some of these names of the actors:
- Christopher Lloyd
- Frank Collison
- Tia Carrere
- Kenton Duty
- Savannah Jade
- Francesca DeRosa
- Derek Brandon
During the movie you will also recognize cameo appearances from Biggby Coffee, Spectrum Health, and the U.S.S Silversides (that submarine in Muskegeon). It was filmed in Manistee. The producers are primarily from Michigan and brought a lot of our home state into the movie. And speaking of Spectrum Health – 100% of the ticket sales for this movie at Celebration Cinema in Grand Rapids will be donated to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. We are going this weekend; my kids want to see it again already! I don’t know how long it will run for, so if you want to see it I would try and go soon. Your kids will dig it – and you’ll be SO proud to be raising them in Michigan!