The Boat That Rocked
For a comedy based very loosely on a true story I was expecting it to clock in at around the 90-minute mark, but instead it runs a massive 130 minutes. Not that this is a bad thing as The Boat rocks along at an enjoyable pace.
The film attempts to convey the historical feeling of a time when the British Government tried to keep the airways clean and proper, whilst pirate radio, broadcasting from international waters tried to give people what they wanted: rock n roll.
Of course the film never really comes close to portraying the real events, but does a great job of poking fun at the conservative British government of the time and making the Pirate DJs out to be larger than life heroes.
With a brilliant ensemble cast, including the hilarious Rhys Darby and Philip Seymour Hoffman and a storyline that will have you rolling on the floor in fits of laughter, whilst assaulting your ears with a generous catalogue of classic rock songs, The Boat Tha Rocked is a feel good comedy designed to entertain.
And entertain it does, but 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.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Released on: August 12th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2009
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Rhys Darby, Tom Brooke, Gemma Arterton, Ike Hamilton, Chros O’Dowd, Talulah Riley, Tom Wisdom, Will Adamsdale, Ralph Brown
Rating: M – contains offensive language and nudity.
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Curtis, Richard
Studio: Universal Pictures