The Boat That Rocked – Review (Film)

Boat That Rocked

I’m not a big fan of Richard Curtis, I liked Notting Hill but that’s about it. However upon hearing about The Boat That Rocked (or ‘Pirate Radio’ for my US chums) I thought it sounded quite cool and the fact it had Phillip Seymour Hoffman in it had me sold.

This film got absolutely ripped to shreds by the critics here in the UK and regardless of whether that was more an attack on Curtis himself, it still meant almost blanket negative courage.

Personally I enjoyed parts of it and cringed at some parts of it. I certainly don’t think it warranted the 1 star (out of 5) reviews it got almost across the board.

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The Boat That Rocked is a light hearted look at pirate radio in the UK in the 1960’s – which is where most young people got their music from.

I personally would’ve liked a little more satire or wit rather than the, often laboured, comedy on show. Playing on someone’s surname being Twatt is funny once or twice but it’s over egged here and I didn’t see the need for some of the ‘Thick Kevin’ stuff.

That said there are some good performances in there, Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) puts a shift in and Rhys Darby (Flight Of The Conchords) is also pretty funny in places.

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It seems a shame that a film about such a vibrant, creative era fell into the ‘same old gag after gag’ trap.

The trouble is this is a film made for people who were there in that period of time and unfortunately those people are such a small slice of the cinema going audience that perhaps The Boat That Rocked was always destined to run aground shortly after setting sail.

Rating: 5/10

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