Sat, 27 Mar 2010 4:47p.m.
Reviewed by Kate Rodger
Writer, director and actor Taika Waititi is calling this film his first. He had a practise run with Eagle versus Shark (which was a bit hit and miss for me), and it feels like he really puts his heart and soul into Boy. It makes all the difference.
His Oscar-nominated short Two Cars, One Night formed the inspiration for this bigger picture, a picture Waititi fleshes out and colours in with kooky characters, laugh-out-loud scenarios and reassuringly endearing relationships.
It’s 1984. Tight t-shirts, short shorts, lemonade popsicles.
Boy is eleven years old. He likes Michael Jackson and a girl called Chardonnay. He lives with his Gran and his younger brother Rocky. Rocky has superpowers. They’re imaginary superpowers.
Both boys are in need of a hero.
Whether their father fits the bill, well that’s what we’re about to find out. Because as the Boy movie flyer says: ‘What if the hero you’ve been waiting for is a dick?”
Waititi is Alamein, he’s the dick. His son Boy hasn’t quite figured that out yet. His hero-worship paints his father as a scuba-diving, spoon-wielding, dance-floor dominating super cool dude. In fact, Alamein returns to his whanau after a stint in jail, and on the hunt for his stash of cash he buried in a paddock.
The two boys are played by total newbies, James Rolleston and Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, and they’re impossible to fault to be fair. A perfect mix of gentle vulnerability and captivating innocence, along with inspired natural comic timing, Waititi brings out the best in them both.
The cinematic marriage of humour and heart can be a fraught one, more often than not ending in a messy divorce. The subtle poignant moments in Boy are delivered in an almost offhand way, and not because Waititi doesn’t care, but because he does.
It feels like a while since I smiled this wide and felt this good watching any film, kiwi or otherwise. It was a great feeling.
Go see Boy. It’s choice.
:: Director: Taika Waititi
:: Starring: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston and Te Aho Eketone-Whitu
:: Running Time: 88 mins
:: Rating: M - contains drug use and offensive language
:: Release Date: March 25, 2010
:: Trailer: Click here
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21/09/2010 9:36:55 a.m.
julius kingi wrote:
this movie is off the hizaaaayy!i've seen it ten times (:
7/09/2010 2:14:20 p.m.
i think that boy doesnt highlight the greatness in new zealand Maori, we are not all like that at all and movies like this and once were warriors portrays to the rest of the world that all we do is sit around thinking or taking dope, in jail or unreliable iresponsible parents. yeah it may be funny to laugh at this sort of thing, but really when you see that people actually do this this way, doesnt that make you think? people dont understand what a drastic effect this can have on a culture because it just looks like we are a bunch of no hopers ! boy is influenced by his father to smoke and drink and to be in a gang "crazy horses" this actually happens? why would you want to encourage it and make a movie about it ? yes there is the POTENTIAL, but does anyone actually give a crap to do anything to change it ? NO its a way of life that has been lived for years upon years , but one thing that people need to realise is that it is not just in the maori culture that this is happening. but in "boy" this is portrayed , i do agree that it was a good movie however the ideas and themes unfortunantly were not. props for the effort but sometimes there are sensitive subjects that no one should even touch. especially when the maori culture is soo sacret and tapu, that is not a way that i want my culture to be represented, that is not the way i live or any of my ancestors lived, movies like the "river queen" are good representations of maori and their culture and land.
17/07/2010 9:19:43 p.m.
to "proud maori" thats a bit harsh. and if you didnt like the movie then why are you on this website ? hmm weird.
mean movie! mean maori mean x
14/06/2010 2:35:41 a.m.
proud maori wrote:
a piece of crap!doesnt deserve a rating. If i wanted to watch a film about rural living as a maori i could have taken a handy cam home and taped my own family. Not pay $20 to watch this crap. Another once were warriors rip off. Didnt feel proud to be maori afterwards. The world will think we are all dope smoking no hopers! Waihau bay and whanau apanui have much to be proud of and none of it was highlighted. Get a life waititi!If you havent seen it, dont waste your money. All hype and no hope. Boy thinks hes michael jackson, rocky thinks he as powers and their father thinks hes a soldier...delusional thats all i can say!
20/04/2010 9:58:42 a.m.
crak up as moviehurry up and watch if you havnt
28/03/2010 9:07:55 p.m.
As a movie, 'Boy' was both entertaining and heartbreaking. The heartbreaking
aspect is what concerns me --what happens to children that grow up with
such neglect - What do you think? It didn't feel like a happy ending ....at all
28/03/2010 8:46:53 p.m.
I agree Kate - 5 stars. This is a real movie - so east coast
28/03/2010 2:05:28 p.m.
A bunch of us went & watched 'Boy'. Well done Taika. You musta been peeking in the windows of my li'l hometown. Sometimes it seems the kids are more responsible than their olds & that ain't the way it should be ay. But there is always the POTENTIAL for change. We laughed & cried & sang the bustout ...awesome aotearoa songs (not loud but in sweet harmony) and then clapped at the end and went, 'yeah!'
28/03/2010 12:37:13 a.m.
Dennis Renolds wrote:
I agree Cherry, it was incredible, totally recommended!
27/03/2010 8:23:39 p.m.
cherry wilson wrote:
one of the best films out of new zealand for a long long time. dont miss it
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