Pirate Radio – Movie Review
‘Pirate Radio’ is the high-spirited story of how 8 DJs love affair with Rock n Roll changed the world forever. In the 1960s this group of rogue DJs, on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records and broke the law all for the love of music. The songs they played united and defined an entire generation and drove the British government crazy. By playing Rock n Roll they were standing up against the British government who did everything in their power to shut them down. The band of rebels is lead by The Count, played by the Academy Award Winning Philip Seymour Hoffman, Quentin the boss of Radio Rock, Gavin the greatest DJ in Britian, Midnight Mark, Doctor Dave and Young Carl who comes of age amidst the chaos of sex, drugs and rock n roll. The film features an unbelievable selection of music including The Beatles, The Stones, Beach Boys, Dusty Springfield, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Smokey Robinson, David Bowie, Otis Redding, Cat Stevens just to name a few.
PIRATE RADIO has a great cast including Phillip Seymour Hoffman , Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branaugh and a fabulous sound track. I lust after the sound track, it is rock and roll at its best. The idea was in the 1960’s that rock and roll was changing the world but couldn’t be heard in Britain so there was a ship off the coast the broadcast rock and roll. I would watch Bill Nighy read the phone book. The story is told through the eyes of a young man who has been sent there by his mom because he was expelled from school which is like sending him from the frying pan into the fire. This movie apparently was a huge failure in Britain so they recut it. For the sound track alone it is worth going to, it is great fun. It is not a great movie. There is a middle that talks a lot about silly things that nobody really cares about but for the movie and the final 20 minutes it is great fun. Three stars.