25 November 2016

The Boat that Rocked

The Boat that Rocked 2009
  • Director: Richard Curtis
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Tom Brooke, Rhys Darby, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Chris O’Dowd, Ike Hamilton, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wisdom, Jack Davenport, Ralph Brown, Rhys Ifans, Talulah Riley, January Jones, Emma Thompson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Hunger Games 1-4, The Invention of Lying, Cold Mountain, Punch-Drunk Love, Almost Famous, State and Main, Flawless, Happiness, The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Scent of a Woman
    • Tom Sturridge – Henry VI (The Hollow Crown), Far from the Madding Crowd, Being Julia
    • Bill Nighy – The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold 1 and 2, Harry Potter, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Girl in the Café, The Boat that Rocked, Shaun of the Dead, The Constant Gardener, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Auf Wiedersehn Pet, Kiss Me Kate, Longitude, Fairy Tale a True Story
    • Tom Brooke – Henry V (The Hollow Crown), Young Victoria, Hustle,
    • Rhys Darby – Flight of the Concords
    • Nick Frost – The World’s End, The Huntsman’s Winter War, Hot Fuzz, Kinky Boots, Shaun of the Dead
    • Katherine Parkinson – Humans, Extras
    • Chris O’Dowd – Vera Drake
    • Kenneth Branagh – Wallander, My Week with Marilyn, Valkyria, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Shackleton, How to Kill Your Neighbour’s Dog, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Wild Wild West, Hamlet, Othello, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Much Ado About Nothing, Swing Kids, Dead Again, Henry V, The Fortunes of War
    • Jack Davenport – Pirates of the Caribbean, The Libertine
    • Rhys Ifans – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Shipping News, Human Nature, Notting Hill
    • Talulah Riley – Inception, Doctor Who
    • January Jones – Mad Men, Love Actually
    • Emma Thompson – Beautiful Creatures, Harry Potter, An Education, Last Chance Harvey, Brideshead Revisited, Stranger than Fiction, Nanny McPhee, Angels in America, Love Actually, Wit, The Winter Guest, Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Howards End, Dead Again, Impromptu, Henry V, The Fortunes of War, Tutti Frutti
  • Why? Kenneth Branagh
  • Seen: Once before. Now 4 November 2016      

       1966. BBC plays less than 45 minutes of rock and pop music a day. Intolerable! Long live Pirate Radio in the Atlantic! Without it Britain would surely not have survived.
       This is the saga of one of the pirate ships, Radio Rock. A boat populated by characters each more misfit than the next. All played by lots of good British (and a couple of American) actors.
       Enter the evil Sir Alister – a smug, tyrannical right-wing politician played by Branagh – who is going to shut them down.
       In fact, I love the BBC, warts and all, and I’m not overly fond of commercial radio. This film has too many silly and often sexist jokes, and the story is basically thin.
       But it is often funny, the characters are generally likeable or enjoyably unlikeable, the actors are great and the music is, well, 60’s music. The 60’s are highly overrated but they did have good music.

3 * of 5   

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