And finally finally it was the day where The Boat That Rocked entered the harbours of London. The anticipation was high, this was after all a Richard Curtis movie with Bill Nighy in it. A winning combination, right?
(Very right, as I have seen it three times now and it isn’t over yet)
OK, first the less good:
The story line of The Boat That Rocked is a bit all over the place, and there are some obvious plot holes here and there. There are a couple of moments where I wondered – how the heck did we get here?
It’s not a rom-com, so don’t expect something like Love, Actually or Notting Hill. Hugh Grant isn’t in it (which is not a bad thing!), it’s about men, pirate radio dj’s, a lot of them, and it is set on a boat. It wouldn’t be Richard Curtis if there wasn’t any romance at all though, so there is a wedding (and Bill’s the man to wed them), and there is quite a lot of lovvve on board too. As is some nastiness. But there are many cast members and it is feels like some characters are underdeveloped, so I was actually thinking how fantastic it would have been if they had made this as a tv-series in 6 parts because there is this cracking cast and I wanted to spent more time with all of them and get to know them better.
But it is such a fun and feel good film that you will have to go and see it anyway.
Here is the great:
Blimey what a dream cast this is. There is Bill Nighy as Quentin (the boss of Radio Rock), Kenneth Brannagh (who I absolutely love after Wallander and who plays Bill’s enemy – the minister who wants to shut Radio Rock down), Philip Seymour (who is such a versatile actor and great as The Count – the US dj on board). And there is Rhys Ifans (Spike from Notting Hill), Rhys Darby (who I thought would annoy me but he was quite funny), Nick Frost (very very funny) and Jack Davenport (POTC).
I feared that the male cast on board of a ship would lower themselves to flat humour and not funny jokes, but they didn’t! There were a lot of very funny moments, there were a couple of moments even where I had trouble keeping myself from crying but it is just mainly a bighearted fun story.
And what’s not to like about Bill Nighy, dressed in a funky velvet suit with a paisley patterned shirt and a silk scarf – shaking a leg on Rolling Stones music? That man (double the age of most of the other cast members) outgrooves them all. By a mile.
And Kenneth Brannagh can do comedy! Can we have much much more of him please?
Woweee, what a soundtrack! You could turn off the visuals completely and just listen to soundtrack for two hours and still be a completely happy person. I must buy it.
The film is about two hours long and I really do recommend you to see it. The cast and music greatly make up for some story flaws and you will leave the cinema with a big smile on your face, humming bits of the sound track – rocking your socks.
In fact, I am going to see it again tonight. (Update: I did, and there is no doubt I have seriously fallen in love with this film now – it’s great)
I believe that you and me last forever
Oh yea, all day and nighttime yours, leave me never
The only time I feel alright is by your side
Oh I want to be with you all of the time
All day and all of the night
All day and all of the night
Oh, come on…