Film No 5 : The Boat that Rocked

boat that rockedRichard Curtis, writer and director of ‘The Boat that Rocked’ has many claims to movie success: I first fell in love with John Hannah as the heartbroken lover in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’! ‘The Boat that Rocked’ is not widely acclaimed as being one of Curtis’ better movies, but it’s still a fun film.
It has an impressive cast list including; Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans and the now sadly departed Philip Seymour Hoffman. ‘Radio Rock’ is a pirate station, anchored in the North Sea and broadcasting non-stop 60s pop to a nation which listens somewhat guiltily to its forbidden pleasures. Back on the mainland the officials, led by Sir Alistair Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh), are trying to close down the subversive station.
Having been expelled from school Carl (Tom Sturridge), is welcomed on board by his godfather – Radio Rock’s director Quentin (Nighy) and he joins the team of DJs as they drink, smoke, lark about, womanise – oh, and play music. The film starts slowly, but culminates in some action-packed scenes as the station faces ruin. As you’d expect, ‘The Boat that Rocked’ has a fantastic toe-tapping soundtrack and a generally feel-good factor, with some great comedic performances.

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2 responses to “Film No 5 : The Boat that Rocked

  1. I watched this when it came out years ago and have to say I was disappointed. However, I totally agree that I too fell in with John Hannah at the same moment as you. That scene is one if mt all time most memorable emotional film scenes along with a couple of others if all time x

  2. I have dithered about whether to get this ( for a couple of quid from Amazon plus another couple for postage and packing! :lol ), because I like so many elements in it, *but* got the impression that perhaps it didn’t gel, was in fact a dud, fell flat somehow … so your review may tip me towards ordering it, if only for a performance by Philip S Hoffman that I haven’t already seen. :)

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