DVD Pick of the week: Pirate radio (Universal studios Home entertainment)
Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll all figure prominently in writer/ director Richard curtis’ rambunctious, nostalgic comedy, loosely inspired by actual incidents.
Originally titled The Boat That Rocked (which is a dead giveaway), Pirate Radio humorously details the history of Radio Rock, a ship anchored outside of Britain’s territorial waters, which broadcasts rock ‘n’ roll all day and all of the night (to quote a kinks tune), attracting a listening audience that comprises nearly half of the nation’s population.
Bill Nighy plays the dandified owner of the floating radio station, and his cool crew of disc jockeys and music mavens include Philip seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Ralph Brown,
Tom Brooke and Tom Wisdom (as mark, “the sexiest man in the world”). Tom sturridge plays a teenager sent by his mother (emma Thompson) to spend the summer aboard Radio Rock, where he comes of age amidst a barrage of classic rock tunes.
Opposition is personified by smug, officious sir Alistair Dormandy (kenneth Branagh) and his sycophantic hatchet man mr. Twatt (Jack Davenport), who are determined to clean up the nation’s airwaves by means fair or foul — the government, of course, justifying either.
The cast is both engaging and engaged, the humor is consistent and consistently funny, and the music’s great. What’s not to love? Rated R.
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