Superette must- see movie!
Boy is a New Zealand film from director Taika Waititi. Inspired by the oscar nominated short-film, Two Cars, One Night, Boy is a coming of age story about heros, magic and Michael Jackson, set in 1984 in a small town on the East Coast of NZ.
Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he’s in the can for robbery. When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.
Now I love Two Cars, One Night from when I studied it for film back at school, and Michael Jackson as much (ok maybe more) than the next person, so it was pretty fair to say that I was already sure this movie would be a hit with me. However sure was an understatement- Boy far surpassed all my expectations. It is truly a must see. The film is distinctly Kiwi, in all the good ways. From the amazing New Zealand east coast setting and nostalgic 80’s references, to the engaging script, which is a wonderful mix of true Kiwi humour tinged with sadness.
Boy is an ode to childhood and growing up, and an honest and touching tribute to the values and virtues of rural New Zealand. I LOVED IT!!
Watch the preview below!