May 042010

Pirate Radio came recommended by a friend, and I’m glad it did.  It’s the sort of thing I’d have likely passed up on my own.

It’s mostly a comedy, but there is enough drama and musical history to make it work on those wavelengths too.  It’s loosely based on Radio Caroline, a British pirate radio ship in the mid- to late ’60s that beamed a continuous stream of rock ‘n’ roll to tens of millions of listeners when “real” broadcasters weren’t doing so.

The cast is absolutely enormous.  That aspect of it reminded me of Love Actually, so it didn’t surprise me to learn that this film and that share a director.  Richard Curtis is skilled enough to implant personalities effectively, even with so many characters.  That’s not easy with me—keeping track of folks is easily my biggest weakness as a movie watcher—so it’s impressive when I don’t have a problem.

I love that the humor is so stratified.  There is in-your-face physical comedy, and there are zingers, but there are also passing sight gags that reward those paying attention.  Listen for the subtly crass and the crassly subtle, too.

The music is expertly selected, and ladled on beyond all reason.  You’ll head for your record collection, or your cable/XM radio, for the evening after watching it.

This was a Netflix selection for me.  Part of the reason I went to Netflix was as a screening tool to decide what went in my permanent library.  I’ll be purchasing this one.  If you think you’ll like it, you will.  (BamaDan, go order it right now.)



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  8 Responses to “Review: Pirate Radio”

  1. Still Crazy is one of my favorite movies, so I will check this one out.
    Thanks for the review. 😉

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, Bo – I just added it to my Netflix queue.

  3. Should’ve just asked… I’d have told you you’d like it.

    Btw, is it you that still has Carla’s copy of “Love Actually”?

  4. Cheryl, Jenny: Enjoy! I’m ready to see it again myself.

    Carey: Nope. Sold it on eBay months ago. 🙂

  5. Ok ok, I added it. Too much good tv for me to get into the Generation Kill Blus I have now. Damn you Lost and 24!!!

    Let me know when you watch Adventureland. Should be an interesting compare/contrast.

  6. Thanks to this film, and Love Actually, I immediately will give anything from Working Title Productions a shot. Those are the only two films I’ve bought immediately after watching them. Of course, I thought Blues Brothers 2000 wasn’t that bad, so what do I know…

  7. BamaDan, can you see my queue? Or did we talk about that one?

    Rebachelor, welcome! Good to “see” you here, sir.

    I didn’t think Blues Brothers 2000 was horrible, but I still don’t really consider it a sequel, either. It’s related, and later in the timeline, but it’s not a continuation to me. It’s like 2001 and 2010.

  8. Bo, haven’t we had a talk about showing your queue in public?

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