Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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.
Over the years there has been a fair number of good and thoroughly entertaining star studded feel-good comedies coming from the UK. Unfortunately this ain't one of them.
Só o elenco já vale o filme! Diversão pura!
I don't care, this movie made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy (although there was quite a lot of sexism in there...). As an added bonus, the music is pretty great.
Posiblemente este tipo de comedias inglesas pueden ser un guilty pleasure, pero no me importa porque las disfruto demasiado. Cada personaje es inolvidable y si bien no es un film que tenga mucho contenido (?), tiene mucho de cultura general y eso me encanta.
So much sexual objectification...
Letter Grade: B+
"I believe the technical term is a *fuckload* of boats!"
It's a fun film filled with great music. I love 1960's rock n roll more than any genre of music, so this alone makes the film worthy of my time. After watching this, living on a boat with my friends has become a dream of mine. Richard Curtin creates a fun and entertaining film that hinges of its screenplay and performances. It's not a story with any tension or even a great plot. The cast of characters are great and the schinnagans they get into are the best aspects. Philip Seymour Hoffman leads an awesome cast that all have great performances. I really liked Chris O Dawd,…
This doesn't work at all as a linear narrative. Too much feels forced because it tries to fit into that framework. I didn't really like it at all until I watched the deleted scenes and realized how much good material there really is in the film. Curtis should have presented it as a series of episodic snapshots into their lives- more open-ended, day-in-the-life kind of stuff. Otherwise, who cares? It's not even historically accurate, so why even play that aspect of it up at all?
Highly enjoyable if hyper-real comedy. Fantastic pace, soundtrack and cast.
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