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New Zealand. 2010. Directed by Taika Waititi. Screenplay by Taika Waititi. Story by Taika Waititi. Starring: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu

Rating: ★★★★

Boy is a simple but emotionally powerful story about growing up, relationships, following your head over your heart and drawing the line between right and wrong. It's easily one of the best New Zealand films ever made. It's Rich characters and humorous dialogue, entailed by the occasional light-hearted hand drawn animations delivered a hugely entertaining blend of culture, comedy and drama.
 
The story started on a perfect note with Boy played by James Rolleston giving his show and tell speech in the classroom. It introduced the character, his background and set the atmosphere, mood and setting all in one go without being a dull lead up. Taika Waititi (who also plays the dead beat father) did an amazing job in setting out each detailed scene with the occasional Michael Jackson tributes giving the film an even disperse of light laughter at the same time appropriately moving the plot along.

The film gave a heart aching recount on every boy's natural instinct to worship their father, whether they deserve it or not. The growth and resilience of each character portrayed superbly by every single actor from the child stars to the minor adult characters was a pleasure to watch. It still brings a smile to my face today. Pure brilliance...

 


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Certified Eater
08/28/2010 21:48

I wholeheartedly agree; what a joyous little film. I thought it did a really fantastic job in allowing us to peer through this unusual story from the viewpoint of a child. We tend to think about life from an adult's understanding but it's not often that we get this kind of insight. Great review!

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echo ye
10/13/2010 05:13

'oh no, lobster again!"

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02/11/2011 13:36

A beautiful Kiwi film full of whimsy and fun. Do Kiwis use the word 'egg' light-heartedly as a perjorative? LOL

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