I saw the Richard Curtis (Love Actually) film ‘The Boat that Rocked’ on Friday and I expected to hate it. I didn’t.
The film doesn’t have much of a story and I thought what it did have was all over the place but that didn’t really matter. This film is enjoyable as it has a great ensemble cast, enough jokes to keep you smiling and a fantastic soundtrack.
Here’s the guts. It is 1966 and the wonderful Bill Nighy is Quentin and he runs a pirate radio station (Radio Rock) from a rather rundown ship in the North Sea. His DJs include The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman, great as usual), the legendary Gavin (Rhys Ifans, also great), Dave (Nick Frost from ‘Hot Fuzz’) and the embarrassing New Zealander Angus (Rhys Darby – he will make you cringe!) Radio Rock enjoys nationwide popularity but despite this a very nasty Kenneth Branagh as Minister Dormandy is trying to shut it down. He is assisted by his slimy assistant Twatt (Jack Davenport).
‘The Boat that Rocked’ is long and seems stretched, an obvious end point was ignored but it is fun and I think it is a film that many people will get pleasure from despite its flaws.