Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rock-and-Roll and Pirates

The new film from director Richard Curtis has gotten a new poster. The film that was formerly know as The Boat That Rocked has been re-cut and re-titled for its American release, now known as Pirate Radio.

The film is based upon true events in the seas of 1960s Britain where a crew of pirates (essentially) man the first rock-and-roll radio station in the UK.

I actually wanted to see this film really bad once I first saw the trailer. Richard Curtis has made some good films in the past (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually) and I thought this one looked fairly good as well.

Of course due to a mixed reaction to the film in Britain, the film was re-edited for its American release. While the film was said to be funny and definitely had potential to be crowd-pleasing, the biggest complaint on the other side of the pond was the film's length, and Richard Curtis has trimmed twenty minutes of the film per Universal's request.

Whether or not this will make the film a better movie, I think it will. The largest complaint British critics had was the film's length, and if the film has trimmed off twenty minutes and still manages to pack in the laughs in a far leaner version of the film, this could be one to look out for. As well with talents like Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Nick Frost involved, this could be a highly funny film.

Till its US release in November, you'll simply have to suffice for the trailer. (This trailer is from the British version).

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