The Boat That Rocked

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The Boat That Rocked
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8/10/2010
I had to be convinced to see The Boat that Rocked. I laugh at that now as it has quickly become one of my favourite films. The film is an English comedy, which for a start is a good sign and is set in the 1960s, when pirate radio was taking over the airwaves.
The Boat that Rocks tells the story of a bunch of pirate radio DJs, broadcasting rock to the people of England from the middle of the North Sea. Tom Sturridge (who happens to be Robert Pattinson’s best friend) stars as Carl, a young boy who is sent onto the ship by his mother to curb his ‘partying’ ways, which we soon realise would do just the opposite. On board Carl meets Quentin (Bill Nighy), his godfather who runs Radio Rock; The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who is the only American on board; Gavin (Rhys Ifans) who is known by all as the greatest rock DJ in the UK and Angus 'The Nut' Nutsford (New Zealand’s very own Rhys Darby!!) to name but a few. My personal favourite is ‘Midnight Mark’ (Tom Wisdom) who sits, smolders and generally just looks hot while lurking in the background.
Of course as many movies do, there needs to be a ‘bad guy’ and in this film that comes in the form of the British Government who see Radio Rock as a threat and do everything in their power to shut them down.
I loved The Boat that Rocked. So much so that I went out and bought the soundtrack, which is fantastic by the way (very old school). Check out the song list here. There is plenty of chances in the movie to rock out to the songs the radio station is playing... you may even be tempted to stand up and dance. The movie although very funny has its sad moments, ‘awww’ moments and moments that make you angry but it’s a very fun movie and great to watch with friends. There are some nice little twists along the way, some that you may not have expected and some that you had seen coming from a mile off.
My only hesitation with this movie was the ending. For those of you who have seen rent, when Mimi comes ‘back to life’ and it is
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