Newest Review: ... in so i thought it would be an enjoyable film. I was wrong. It's one of those films that start out slowly and you think that maybe it ... more
A reasonable film thats too long and too indulgent
The Boat That Rocked (DVD)
Member Name: huggy2009
The Boat That Rocked (DVD)
Advantages: Great cast, looks and sounds great
Disadvantages: A bit too long
This film was something of a labour of love for the director Richard Curtis a film set in the sixties about the days when Pirate radio ruled and music
was relayed to the nation from little boats.
Carl (Tom Sturridge) is sent to live on one of these boats as punishment by his mother, which seems strange at first, he finds that the resident DJ's and crew are such fun that this is just about the greatest punishment he could ever have wished for. However Carl hasn't been sent here for that reason, we realise that one of the DJ's on the ship is Carl's father, but which one?
The film is set against a groovy sixties backdrop with fantastic music, a great cast and an oppressive government wishing to close down this rebellious crew spreading their gospel to the nation from the North Sea.
Michael Hadley ... Mr. Roberts
Charlie Rowe ... James
Lucy Fleming ... Mrs. Roberts
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... The Count
Tom Sturridge ... Little Carl
Ian Mercer ... Transfer Boatman
Bill Nighy ... Quentin
Will Adamsdale ... News John
Tom Brooke ... Thick Kevin
Rhys Darby ... Angus Nutsford
Nick Frost ... Doctor Dave
Katherine Parkinson ... Felicity
Chris O'Dowd ... Simple Simon
Ike Hamilton ... Harold
This film it has to be said is very hit and miss, it is written and directed by Richard Curtis of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Blackadder fame, he admits the subject is one that fascinates him and in someways he has produced a film full of little intricacies of the era but somewhere the plot didn't catch up with the look and feel of the film and it feels like a great chance to showcase the comedic talents of an awesome cast without really going anywhere.
The cast is fantastic with Philip Seymour Hoffman the best known actor, Hoffman is not known for his comedy roles but plays the top DJ with gusto and really enjoys himself. Other characters include Nick Frost as 'Doctor' Dave a man who can pull women with a wink by having a huge personality and the IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd as the friendly 'Simple' Simon Swafford, both get to showcase their characters without really going anywhere, but as always both are charming and utterly watchable. Bill Nighy plays the manager of the ship, as Bill Nighy!!
Rhys Ifans is in the film as an arrogant DJ who you eventually warm to whilst Kenneth Branagh really gets his teeth into the role of the odious Sir Alistair Dormandy the man who wants Pirate radio off the air, he has a great time in make up and is very believable.
I was really looking forward to seeing Rhys Darby of Flight of the Conchords in the film too but his role is very small.
The star of the film is young Sturridge as Carl, he is the narrative point and backbone of the film and he does hold it together well, allowing some big acting personalities to really show off.
The film is a gentle comedy, a coming of age film as it were. It is way too long and Curtis has indulged himself as this could have easily been edited to 100-110 minutes. There is a great cast who don't get enough to get their teeth into the jokes are fine but fluffy and the best things about the film are the music and the period.
The film looks great and the sixties music is awesome but there are too many characters and trying to give each enough screen time made a nice gentle coming of age film something a bit different. The story is fine but meanders and no amount of charm from the actors makes up for the fact the film is just too long.
I'd give this film a 3 out of 5 overall, it is funny and charming in parts and the actors are all likeable (apart from Branagh) it just feels overindulgent and as if the director and cast are having more fun than I was!!!
The DVD is available for £3.99 on Amazon or you could rent via Lovefilm as we did.
Summary: A reasonable film thats too long and too indulgent