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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.
Despite its flaws (some of them almost hurtful, like blatant sexism, misogyny and homophobia - but it is based in the 60's so I can almost forgive it as it's "the times") I adore this movie. It's a character based, rock and roll fueled, riot.
What it lacks in actual plot, it's through characterisation and genuine laughs, that it makes up for it in spades. There's a fantastic list of actors in this comedy, including but not limited to; Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Chris O'Dowd, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Davenport, Rhys Darby...................... and it goes on - they are all great and seem as though they are genuinely having a good time…
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.
Richard Curtis has directed 3 movies so far. I have rated each with 5 stars! His movies are wonderful! The characters really make this movie. They are all so unique, fun and interesting. The story is really simple, but really good. The acting is great. But there is one thing, which is sublime, on a whole another level. And that's the soundtrack. One of the best soundtracks in movie history! So many great rock & roll songs! This is one of the best feel-good movies I have ever seen and one of the best movies in general! I can see myself revisiting this many times! Strongly recommended! Please Mr. Curtis, hurry up and make another movie. I can't wait!
I don't know why, but throughout this film I was trying to look for flaws.
Didn't find any, though.
This film was friggin' SPECTACULAR!
Every single character is hilarious, the actors are phenomenal, and that SOUNDTRACK, man... DAMN!
This boat ROCKED!
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.
I never get tired of being reminded that rock 'n roll will never die.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I kinda see this as a companion piece to the earlier British comedy 'Still Crazy', or they could exist in same universe at least. As for the title I think the US version is much better really, the original UK title is a bit of a mouth full, mind you other Euro versions are quite radical also. In France its called 'Good Morning England' which is quite the rip-off frankly, in Germany its 'Radio Rock Revolution' and in Italy its 'I Love Radio Rock'. So all in all this movie has the most title changes ever it seems...all of which are actually better than the original UK one I think.
The quaint little story here is straight forward, back in…
Richard Curtis film can not go wrong. This is a great homage to pirate radios in the '60s. And to all of rock'n'roll really.
Casting is flawless, story is great, direction and editing superb. I can only regret that I've never seen it in a movie theater.
It's taken me shameful months to finish watching this all the way through, but I'm glad I stuck with it. A fictionalised telling of the pirate radio stations of the 1960s, this is more a collection of random vignettes about the various DJs and their wildly disparate personalities, backed by a superb soundtrack. The lack of strong narrative is probably what stopped me watching for a bit, but it was easy to pick back up, and overall such a feelgood kind of a movie - and, in a quiet way, homage to a surprisingly important part of music history.
Long live rock and roll!
Rock & Roll!
=First Published 2009=
You know, I'm not actually that into music. I know I've been lambasted by several people for not having any music on my iPod but I'm just not wholly interested. I describe it as being backwards of the norm: most people are quite engrossed in the music scene with only a passing interest in movies; I, however, am quite engrossed in movies with only a passing interest in music at best. Sure, there will be the odd bit of music that I think is quite cool and worm itself into my head (songs by Elbow, for instance). Then why am I seeing a music about pop and rock music pirates? I think it was purely down to…
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It's really just a series of likable silly sketches but thankfully the cast is filled to the brim with some of the funniest people alive. Any flaws with the story was quickly fixed by its awesome soundtrack.
Another good one from Curtis. Beautifully shot and with a great storyline. The costume design is pretty incredible. If I lived in the sixties, I would have rocked the most pimpin' outfits.
You can't beat a naughty Bill Nighy.
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