Film #361: PIRATE RADIO aka THE BOAT THAT ROCKED
Pirate Radio (aka The Boat That Rocked)
3.5 out of 5 stars
Richard Curtis (LOVE ACTUALLY) pays homage to early ‘60s era British rock radio in this light-hearted and endearing film. Loaded with terrific actors and performances (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost are particular standouts), this film features a plot rife with “in” jokes, but a fairly predictable plot. Kenneth Branagh seems to channel Michael Palin in his role as the stuffy government official. Still… there are some great moments and a genuine sense of camaraderie between the cast. There’s also some GREAT music. Very British but still accessible to US audiences, I wonder why the film didn’t do better in theaters. For better or worse, there are almost an hour of extended and deleted scenes in the Special Features that are worth looking at especially if you liked the film. In the end, it may help to have grown up (or have been exposed to) the music, but I enjoyed it despite some minor flaws.