The Boat That Rocked
On air. Off shore. Out of control.
The Boat that Rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, prefers jazz.
Forget the flak this film took from the critics of Richard Curtis this is comedy gold and a film full of great music and performances. Philip Seymour Hoffman is excellent as "the count" the token american DJ on a pirate radio station in the North Sea. Set in the sixties this tells the tale of Radio Rock an outlawed floating radio station playing rock and pop to a stiffled population. Every DJ earns their stripes in a funny and endearing comedy featuring some of Britain's best modern comedians. Nick Frost and Rhys Ifans lead the fight to stop the government shutting down the radio station amid weddings, adultery and sabotage. Better than people were led to believe.
I never get tired of being reminded that rock 'n roll will never die.
This is one of those films that I can watch over and over again and it'll never bore me. It is just the ultimate feel-good film. I mean, well first, look at the cast. You've got Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Chris O'Dowd, Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy, who seems to be playing the personification of the word 'cool'. Actually, that goes for everyone else as well, playing off each other brilliantly thanks to the equally brilliant script.
But the main thing about this is of course, the music. The entire film is just a celebration of the music of the 60's. And it is just awesome.
"I could watch this film all day and all of the night" - my little brother.
The mother-in-law is in town from London so she gets to watch what she wants.
Tonight she wants this.
Not a bad choice is it?
Richard Curtis's brilliantly crafted ode to pirate radio is simply one of the funniest and most original films of the last few years. Great soundtrack and performances especially from Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy this is a favourite in our house.
My night could have been a lot worse if my mother-in-laws taste wasn't as good.
Brilliantly good fun, and a great demonstration of exactly why rock and roll is so great.
Enthusiastic and hilarious performances, and of course, a great soundtrack.
So where are the floating oases of cultural enlightenment and passion today? No really, where are they? Get me aboard. The mainland is sinking!
Overlong but enjoyable and funny with a great soundtrack of songs each one a classic.
this film comes second to an outstanding soundtrack that serves well as a blue print for a sweet love letter to [1960s] music.
Two words: Gavin Kavanagh
Seriously though, I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.
Buen cast y el soundtrack no estorba como en otras cintas de Richard Curtis, hay un poco de cursileria pero es una gran cinta.
Deflates quickly. Not even someone on the caliber of Philip Seymour Hoffman can save it from sinking.
I watched the UK version of this film which added an extra twenty minutes. I don’t have one good thing to say about this film. Not a-one. OK, one. The soundtrack is impressively extensive, so much so that though there are the cliched cues it is also chockful of excellent tracks.
Everything else about this incomprehensible clusterfuck is a major miss. Here’s a hypothetical; say BBC wanted to make a show using the days of pirate radio as a backdrop. The writers comes up with a fun wacky boys club of a radio crew. They shoot an entire season. But the show never ends up airing. They decide to use the footage and make a film. But which footage to…
No tan buena como Hot Fuzz o Shaun of the Dead, pero por esa misma línea (que es mucho decir).
It's too long for a comedy, the story is all over the place, there are some of my least favourite actors in it; but for some reason I actually enjoyed this.
That's probably down to the following - the soundtrack, some great actors and some genuinely funny moments. The soundtrack is just a brilliant reminder of the excellent music around in the mid to late 1960s. Very rarely do you get such a great collection of songs on a movie soundtrack but here Richard Curtis really pulled it out the bag. The performances from Chris O'Dowd, Rhys Darby, Philip Seymour Hoffman Jack Davenport and Kenneth Branagh were highly enjoyable (making up for presence of Rhys Ifans & Bill Nighy). As for…
I actually saw this film three years ago and fuck me did I enjoy it... Bravo!