I have fallen madly, addictively in love with the movie Pirate Radio. The honest truth is that it will appeal mostly to aging hippies and those of us who are convinced that we could have been rock stars if given the chance. The sound track is absolutely fantastic, and the plot is delightful.
Based on a true story, it is about the 1960’s British rebellion against the BBC which refused to play rock and roll. The rebellion took the form of DJs who anchored a boat in the North Atlantic, played the outlawed music from there to adoring British fans, and took on the British government. The movie was released in Britain in 2009 as The Boat That Rocked and did not do as well as it deserved to.
The cast is fantastic: Kenneth Branagh, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, January Jones.
It is a laugh-riot and a dance-a thon. Crank up the volume and be reminded of Elenore by The Turtles, With a Girl Like You by The Troggs, Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks, Let’s Dance by David Bowie, and about 45 more songs. Watch through the credits to see Bill Nighy dance.
I laughed, I cried…