Yesterday I saw the British movie The Boat That Rocked at the cinema. This film was created by Richard Curtis, the man behind Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Love Actually, as well as Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and Mr Bean. It was an interesting film about the rise and fall of the British pirate radio stations in the 1960s/ The film is quite amusing in parts, but there is nothing that is really ‘laugh out loud’ funny. The cast, lead by Phillip Seymour Hoffman as The Count, are very good, but being an ensemble movie we don’t really get to known anyone too closely. For example it is not until the end of the film that we discover that no one really likes Angus, who is played by Flight Of The Conchords’ Rhys Darby. We only know that no one likes Angus because he asks if anyone likes him, to which everyone says “No”.
The best thing about the movie is its music. Whilst the movie is set between 1966 and 1967 it does take liberties with some of the music being produced after the pirate stations had been sunk. For example The Rolling Stones “Jumping Jack Flash” was released in 1968, while The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” was not released until 1971. This is just nit picking though as no one can fault a soundtrack that features some of the greatest songs of all time such as The Kinks’ “All Day And All Night”. The Easybeats’ “Friday On My Mind”, The Who’s “My Generation”, Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary” and The Who’s “I Can See For Miles” etc, etc. These are some of the greatest songs ever released and you should really, really buy the soundtrack. The film is OK, but wait until it is shown on TV in a few years time if you want to see it.