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Reggie Yates’ year 2000 debut feature is an exhilarating celebration of British black music and friendship.

IIt’s New Years Eve in London. It’s 1999. Google is something we’ve barely heard of. Tamagotchis are something that is always close to our hearts. Three best friends attempt to break into the music scene via pirate radio and embark on a mission to see the new millennium in style. It’s a simple premise that forms the backbone of Reggie Yates’ debut feature, Pirates, but the film has all the makings of a British classic.

Cappo (Elliot Edusah), Two Tonne (Jordan Peters) and Kidda (Reda Elazouar) have a solid “Tekken and titties” schedule to see in the New Year, before Two Tonne’s infatuation with local girl Sophie (Kassius Nelson) does not push him to promise him the ultimate night. Preparing a plan to participate in the Twice as Nice Y2K party at the legendary Club Colosseum, it’s a race against time to get tickets and a kiss before midnight. With Cappo’s little bright yellow Peugeot as their dream machine, the boys embark on a series of crazy races and misadventures.

Transporting audiences on a fun throwback to the ’90s and adulthood in general, Yates pays homage to the rich heritage of the London garage (have fun spotting all the cameos from genre legends), deftly deploying a hard-hitting soundtrack. classics that are impossible not to sing. Through its incredibly likeable and talented protagonists, Yates’ exhilarating dialogue captures the glow of youth in all of its daring madness and seriousness.

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His directorial style is as cheerful as his writing, and we experience the Pirates through the unmistakable sounds of Azzido Da Bass’s “Dooms Night” accompanied by cuts of the clowning trio against a swirling red and white background. This zany overture is the forerunner of a characteristic that puts the vibrant and the festive in the foreground.

Humor aside, Yates also manages to understand the world of these teens with such sincerity that their growing pains are felt keenly, even though we adults know that these tensions are largely inconsequential. It actually creates a longing for a time when such youthful issues have replaced the 24/7 digital torrent of global issues that we are now so sensitive to.

At one point in the film, a character refers to London saying, “We’re not stuck here, we’re from here.” In creating Pirates, Yates declared his intention to show the lives of black youth with a narrative other than the more common portrayals involving crime or hardship. Taking into account the presence (or absence of it) and portrayal of blacks on-screen since the Great Enlightenment of summer 2020, Pirates arrives as the perfect tonic.

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