The Boat That Rocked
There were a few things that I didn’t know before going to see The Boat That Rocked, the first being it’s lengthy runtime. For a comedy based on a true story I was expecting it to clock in at around the 90-minute mark. Two other things that I didn’t know is that it isn’t really a comedy per say, and it’s not based on a true story, rather its an interpretation of a period of British history, and takes a very creative approach in the truth department.
Not that any of this took away from what is an irreverent, outlandish, funny, fell good drama that hits all the right notes, despite seeming a bit long in the tooth from time to time.
Story wise, it’s a simple tale of fighting against the boring, inward focus of the ‘establishment,’ about exercising the right of free speech and delivering the population of Britain what they really wanted: a decent radio station. Rock however was evil, and it along with the rabid antics of the pirate DJs was corrupting the young people of Britain and something had to be done about it.
It’s in some ways predictable, but has a few surprises, full of clichés, the type that bring a smile to your face and when The Boat That Rocked manages to hit a perfect note, it’ll have you laughing out loud.
Of course, this is pirate radio, and the jocks are a little on the rough side, playing up their bad boy personas with some crude humour which might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you can handle a few sexual innuendos, love cheering for the underdog then The Boat That Rocked is for you.
The real strength of the movie however comes from the mixed bag of lovable and despicable characters that define the movie and help make it a memorable rock n roll drama.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Rhys Darby, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh
Directed by: Richard Curtis.
Duration: 2hr 15mins.
Rating: M – contains offensive language and nudity.