The Boat That Rocked – Buoyant 60s pop keeps Richard Curtis’s leaky vessel afloat

The Boat That Rocked - Bill Nighy leads the crew in a bop aboard Richard Curtis’s pirate radio comedy

Yes, we know it’s been a fortnight since The Boat That Rocked set sail in British cinemas, but it’s taken the crew here at Movie Talk all this while to find our sea legs since stepping on board Richard Curtis’s latest comic vessel.

Now that we’re no longer so green around the gills, we can concur with other passengers who have already issued their bulletins on Curtis’s barely seaworthy Boat. And, yes, it’s all true: the plot is leaky, some of the cast (including old salts Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emma Thompson) ought to be forced to walk the plank, and Curtis himself should be keelhauled for the movie’s queasy sexism…

And yet… the music in the film truly is unsinkable.

Here are just a few of the movie’s ever-buoyant songs, which will transport you back to a time when, for all Curtis’s ersatz myth-making, pirate radio really did rule the waves.

The Easybeats:  ‘Friday on My Mind’

The Turtles: ‘Elenore’

The Kinks
Rolling Stones: ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’

The Troggs: ‘With a Girl Like You’

And finally, here’s the trailer for the movie itself:


To activate the sound in the trailer: hold your cursor over the screen to reveal the control panel and click on the volume control in the bottom right-hand corner.

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