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The Film That Flopped
on 29 September 2010
If a film flops at the Box Office, this does not automatically make it bad. In fact, with the likes of `Avatar' raking in more money than the UK Custom and Excise, there is no equating quality with audience taste. `The Boat That Rocked' bombed on release, especially in the US and it's director Richard Curtis' biggest flop to date - but it is also possibly his best film. There is plenty in `Boat' that makes it an entertaining film; the actors are fantastic with numerous top quality comedic performances by some of the best character actors around - Nick Frost in particular shines. The script is also laugh out loud funny as the various members of the Pirate Radio `Radio Rock' get up to mischief. You will have fun watching this film.
However, there are several flaws with it. The story is anaemic to the point of almost being nonexistent. Essentially the radio station is threatened with closure and that is it. The balance of japes also drifts too far into the adult humour that means a huge proportion of the potential audience is lost. I also felt that the different segments of the film felt very disjointed as if it was a series of sketches for a sit-com rather than a complete whole. It would not surprise me if the film was originally designed to be a set of 6 half hour TV episodes.
In terms of direction Curtis does a decent job making the confined set of a ship entertaining, without ever threatening the genius of someone like Wes Anderson or Wolfgang Petersen. The BluRay looks nice, but is probably uncalled for as the DVD would suffice. In terms of extras the 45 minutes of deleted scenes are a must see. They are introduced by Curtis and he explains that they could have been in the movie, but they were easy to cut as they were self contained and did not move the `story' on. I would have preferred a lot more of these segments in the film that upped the comedy and just have a fleeting reference to the `plot' at the end.