Reviewed bybig_beaVote: 9/10
I have been wanting to see this movie since I saw the trailer for the very first time. Today I finally got the opportunity. The plot sounded interesting and I was hoping to see a comedy that wasn't as predictable and forced romantic as a lot of comedies are. I wasn't disappointed. Sure, this isn't the most profound story ever told, but I wanted to have fun, and this movie definitely gave it to me. Another bonus is the great soundtrack, which carries the whole movie. After leaving the cinema you will want to listen to the songs featured in this film, just so you can enjoy the feeling of it a little longer. This film is funny from the beginning to the end, and there were moments when I couldn't stop laughing. If you want to see a feel-good movie with a plot that was, at least as far as I know, not used before, than this is the right film for you.
Reviewed byBaldrick44Vote: 8/10/10
Richard Curtis' first 'non romantic comedy film' is really anotherromantic comedy film- it's just that the romantic bit gets swampedwithin 20 other sub-plots so you try and not notice.
The Boat That Rocked sees Carl ( Tom Surridge ) go aboard Radio Rock- apirate radio station owned by Quentin ( Bill Nighy ) whose DJ's(Phillip Semour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Chris O' Dowd, RhysDarby, etc. ) broadcast 24-hour rock and roll music to the UK. They areadored by the populace but hated by the government, including theMinister of Communications ( Kenneth Branagh ) and his chiefsubordinate ( Jack Davenport ) who aim to shut them down.
If that was the extent of the plot then it would probably be a 100 minsfilm. However the Boat That Rocked has so many little sub-plots- manyseeming like excuses to put in another montage or cameo cast appearancethat the time has ballooned out to 154mins and it does tell at times.Furthermore, while Richard Curtis is entitled to look back on thesedays with an air of nostalgia, he sometimes seems to get a little tooweepy eyed with the story.
But these faults are more than made up for in the performances; all ofwhich are good- and some are outstanding. Phillip Seymour Hoffman'sCount is a lovable character who approaches everything with greatgusto, while Chris O' Dowd's Simple Simon has a wonderful part in themiddle section of the movie which brings a little bit of emotion towhat is a pretty emotionally vacant movie. Nick Frost is cheeky as DrDave and finally Rhys Darby- fresh from Flight of the Conchords- simplyshines in his role as the unpopular and daggy Angus who nonethelessgets arguably the best line in the whole movie.
Overall the Boat That Rocked is silly and entertaining fun. It does getoverweight by a looong script, but the soundtrack and the cast are goodenough to carry it through.
Reviewed bymzmorpheus09Vote: 8/10
What a cute flick! As a (former) film reviewer I have absolutely no desire to dissect or critique this movie. I'm just taking it at face value. It's fun, uplifting and witty. It's obvious the cast had a hell of a good time making it (even the 'bad' guys). Hoffman and Nighey are in top form. The gags are good, even when they tank. And the ending gave a surprising increase in the tension/suspense. Really can't find anything terribly wrong with this aside from the mild sexism but it's so subtle, I hardly noticed. I've been going through a really rough time personally and watching this cheered me. What more could you hope for?
"The Boat That Rocked" is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music. It's about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock -- a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that's populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation.