Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Boy (2010)

Director: Taika Waititi. Cast: James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi. 87 min. Not Rated. New Zealand. Comedy/Drama.

The story of how a Michael Jackson-loving New Zealander boy idolizes his dad, regardless of the fact that his dad is the greatest loser ever known, and how that image is shattered, when he realizes his dad is the greatest loser ever known. This bittersweet indie film exudes of the innocence of childhood; an amusing coming-of-age story of how children learn the stark realities of life, too young and too soon. I understood only half of the strongly-accented English, and the DVD was (intentionally, I guess) devoid of subtitles, but the visuals were powerful enough to get the message across.

PS #1: Look at the list of the movie's awards. Need more convincing?

PS #2: Hard to believe: even indie movies now have post-credits sequences. Don't miss this one.

Mo says:


  1. .may be spoiler..but one of the most touching and painful scenes I've ever seen was the scene that the younger nice boy was doing his homework on his mom's grave. So strong,never fade up from my mind.

    1. That was one of the several scenes that kept me thinking for quite a while. The concept of "cemetery" is always something dark and grim for us, but for this kid, the concept had flipped: he was using it as a source of happiness, comfort, and strength. Very disturbing but somewhat beautiful.