Pirate Radio – Film Review

Two hours and nine minutes was the first thing that bothered me about this movie. But being a huge fan of the 60’s, the music and the artists, I had to see it. I must say, the music was, as expected amazing and wonderful to listen to throughout the film but I felt it was too long nonetheless.

Directed by Richard Curtis, with a cast of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Ryes Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh and too many to name and list, the movie although interesting lacked substance in my opinion. I say this because I felt that most of the movie dragged on with too much time spent on one scene or another. It told a story in a slow kind of way and that was a bit tiresome. The entire film could have been done in One hour thirty minutes.

The funny thing is, I am not discouraging anyone from seeing it. It is a great representation of a period flick and as a result oddly entertaining. My favorite character is that of Quentin (played by Bill Nighy), who’s role pretty much summed up the entire 60s for me. Brannagh was very Hitleresque and I understood that his domineer was necessary to get the point across but I didn’t like it very much, not sure if it were a true representation of the British Government. I suppose I had to watch it with a grain of salt.

To make it short and sweet, go see the movie only if you are into the 60s or have lived through the era, otherwise it could all be a bad investment. Enjoy the soundtrack either way, it is priceless.

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