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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.
"Are you breaking the rules?"
Film # 21 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge
Task # 5: A pirate film
For “The Boat That Rocked”, Rochard Curtis directs his second movie. The first, “Love Actually” was a hit. Curtis was also very successful as the writer for TV comedies like “Black Adder” and “Mr. Bean” and romcoms like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill”. “The Boat That Rocked” is a little different. There is hardly any romance and it’s not as funny either.
The biggest miss of this comedy is the plot. The movie is about a group of radio pirates and a minister who wants to stop them. The plans to take the pirates down hardly has a dramatic impact.…
A random purchase. A smile-filled viewing. A new personal favorite.
A fantastic cast. Beautiful characters. Great historical information. A phenomenal soundtrack.
A tribute to rock n' roll. A love letter to its fans. A must-see film.
PS: If you're North American, this was released as "Pirate Radio".
It's a real shame that such a phenomenal cast was assembled to tell such an interesting story with such a fantastic soundtrack, and that it's thoroughly undone by a toothless, silly, misogynistic script. At least it looks like everybody's having a lot of fun making it.
O filme não tem o mesmo potencial cult de um "Quase Famosos" ou "Escola de Rock", mas é bem feitinho e os personagens são bem simpáticos. É um pouco longo demais, mas a trilha sonora é ótima.
I just love this film so much!
Just a ton of fun on a boat. Bill Nighty, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Chris O'Dowd are fucking delightfull, and of course the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman pulls off the most stunning of performanceseven with such a mundane role.
Divertido e com uma excelente trilha sonora, Piratas do Rock só não é melhor por conta do roteiro não se acertar entre os múltiplos mini-arcos que surgem, sem contar no "eixo do mal" muito deslocado da trama principal.
De qualquer forma, só pela música e por algumas carinhas conhecidas e carismáticas, vale o seu tempo.
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