This week we are going to look at one of my favorite films that I wish had gotten more publicity and is super underrated; Pirate Radio, a.k.a., The Boat That Rocked (it’s original title). The movie focuses on an illegal pirate radio station that operated off of the coast of England in the North Sea during the 1960s, playing the best music around. The movie has an amazing cast that stars (the late great) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill nighy, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Chris O’Dowd, Rhys Ifans, Emma Thompson, and Kenneth Branagh.
The movie is really fun to watch and never seems to get old as it holds a strong value in the history of music during a time that rock and roll was frowned upon. This is my favorite role to watch Philip Seymour Hoffman in, and he just absolutely kills it in his role as the prime time DJ, The Count, who likes to push the limits of the rules and stick it to the man. The plot is great and also features a well-done coming of age tale for a boy who is struggling with his teenage years and having no adult male guidance.
On top of all this, there is also the soundtrack. One of the best movie soundtracks I have ever listened to, featuring classics from the time period like The Kinks, the Beach boys, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and many more. It’s one of the rare OSTs that holds a place in my iTunes library. For me, Pirate Radio is a classic and one of my favorite films to watch that can put me in a good mood or keep one going. It’s inspirational, caring, and something that everyone can appreciate. The movie blends quality moments between friends that makes everyone realize they fit in somewhere and will always be able to find a home.
So there it is, the movie of the week is Pirate Radio, my favorite roll of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s, which is why I chose it as my first movie of the week pick, and something that everyone can enjoy. It preaches a good message while also developing a solid story around one of my favorite casts for any film. It’s worth watching so go check this out as your movie of the week!
If you give Pirate Radio a view, or already seen it, let me know what you think!