Go Taika & everyone else involved in the film! Very well deserved.
So I went ahead and bought Boy on DVD (with lots of help from Great H!
). Gosh, where do I start? As I expected, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film! I thought that I might have spoilt the movie a bit for myself having read so much about it and by watching video clips here and there but so many aspects of the film were new to me (thumbs up to all of you who have watched it and haven’t given much away, I’ll try to do the same!).
First of all, the film was more emotional than I was expecting. Taika sure does know how to tug on those heartstrings! The kids are absolutely adorable and you just want the best for them but they go through some tough times and go on a real journey growing up and as viewers of the film, we go on that journey with them. Sad times aside, there are very funny scenes in the movie too as shown in the trailer with Boy’s Michael Jackson moves and Alamein’s failed Dukes of Hazzard attempt! Oh and I loved some of the kids' names.
Another classic creative Taika trait was shown through the use of animation and fantasy sequences of Boy’s perception of his dad which I thought were perfectly entwined with scenes throughout the film.
The cast were excellent, every actor played their part really well. James Rolleston was a true pro at playing Boy as the sweet innocent kid as well as the darker scenes. It was great getting some insight into the way of life for some in NZ at that time. Oh and I didn’t watch the Poi E music video because I wanted to see all the Thriller/Haka dance for the first time during the film. Loved it!
So yeah, truly fantastic stuff! Bravo Taika!
I hope it gets major distribution in the UK and worldwide cos it definitely deserves to be seen on a global scale. Can’t wait to watch the film the film over and over again and with commentary.