Okay, so I got to see BOY yesterday afternoon as part of the Sydney Film Fest
Where to begin..? I'm only going to speak very generally because I don't want to spoil a single moment of it for anyone.
I guess the Reader's Digest Condensed Version of my review is just: Wow. There are very few films I really love unreservedly, but this is without a doubt one of them. For obvious reasons I went into it with sky-high expectations, and it absolutely blew me away.
It's both absolutely hilarious and absolutely heartbreaking.
And it manages to find the perfect balance between the two, without ever being dismissive of the serious issues, or melodramatic. It's both incredibly intimate and also beautifully filmic and epic.
There were a few brief moments of animation, but they were used to absolutely devastating effect. I found two of the animations (both depictions of Rocky's view/imagination) two of the most powerful moments of the movie.
It's perfectly-balanced and masterfully-created with ever feeling calculated or contrived, it always feels natural and very very human.
The kids were just incredible, and it really is James Rolleston's (who plays Boy)
movie. I remember about three quarters of the way through the movie just having a moment where I thought "I don't want this to end, I don't want to leave these kids...."
The movie recieved 3 rounds of applause from the audience we saw it with, at the end, then after the Thriller Haka, and then again after an adorable little moment that happens after the end of the credits