Forget objective reviewing----I JUST LOVE IT !!!
, 30 Jul 2012
This Richard Curtis masterpiece depicts a wonderfully unique time in history, when teenagers ruled the world, Britain ruled the world, the best revolution in history took place.....and OH THAT WONDERFUL MUSIC !!!!
I was there ( all my teenage years were in the 1960s) and so this is such a special film for me that all my reviewer's objectivity has to ' go out of the window'. The site's definition of 5 stars is ' I Love It'. So it's got to be 5*s from me.
Although we see only a ship and water , the whole scene of The Kings Road, Carnaby Street, The Swinging 60s , TOTP, Ready Steady Go, etc are all there in the mind as I watch the film.
And although a fictional ship was used in the film ( 'Radio Rock'), we all recognise Radio Caroline and Radio London.
They were just a small part of the great revolution that was going on but a VERY important part as far as music was concerned, and as far as breaking the snobby BBC stance forever.
The soundtrack of this movie reads like a roll of honour of the greatest music of all time----and it just gives a small taste of the wider full list of chart music from that era.
I should add for those who might think that the music was all from 1966, as the movie was set in that year------the music covers a period from the mid 60s to the late 60s. There is only one track that is 'new' ( a modern not too good version by somebody called 'Duffy' (?) of the outstanding song 'Stay With Me Baby'-----which is obviously Richard Curtis' favourite 1960s' song---GREAT choice---as he plays the original Lorraine Ellison version in the film ; I wonder why he didn't also play the wonderful Walker Bros version ???).
I could talk about the chosen songs at great length. They were all marvellous examples of the music of 1964-68, mainly chart hits. It was obvious that the young hero's love interest was called Eleanor SOLELY as an excuse to play the fab song of the same name by The Turtles ( a wonderful little band, though under-rated, from the US West Coast)----their only other UK chart hit is also played in the film.
The soundtrack is a MUST ......pity that The Beatles, presumably because of the strict copyright rules applied to the Fab Four, were not represented-----but The Stones are included with 'Let's Spend The Night Together'.
BUT 'The Boat That Rocked' works just as well as an entertaining and very funny film by Richard Curtis, who has made an outstanding contribution to TV in Britain , and in later life as a director of such big-screen favourites as 'Notting Hill'-----the man is a genius.
In addition, it is a film that I am sure works equally well for viewers of any age group. You do not need to have been alive in the 1960s to enjoy this film. OK, you won't get the nostalgia but you WILL get the enjoyment of a first-class film that appeals to all.
As the 5* definition says : ' I LOVE IT' .
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