December Boys Reviews
Yip, JBitBop...another aussie film that gets a shining gold start from moi. ;]
Some background, perhaps?
This is the story of Maps, Spit, Spark and Misty...four orphans who all happen to have been born in December. Because of this very fact is the basis of their friendship, all of them living in a catholic convent in the outback in about the 60s.
They watch as other little boys get happily adopted into families, and silent seethe with jealousy...knowing deep within themselves that it'll never be them smiling with two new parents. Since it is their birthday, and the convent seemed to have set aside some money to take the boys on a holiday to LadyStar Cove.
After a long road across the arid scenery, they finally get to the sea where they are welcomed by an older couple named Bandy and Skipper. While there, they swim, splash about, climb over the rocks and simply have a good time.
When passing by towards the cove they come across a fair where the 'Fearless Forte' jumps his motorcycle through hoops of fire and death-defying stunts. Being in total awe of this, he discovers that this fearless biker lives just next door to the place they're staying. And meet the couple who are unable to have children, learning that they are looking into adopting one of the four as their own when their holiday draws to a close.
Maps, being the oldest, doesn't seem to worry much about being adopted and instead sets his eyes upon a girl named Lucy.
While the other three compete to show who would be the most likely candidate for adoption. Things happen that test their friendships and then the feelings of rejection seem to drive a bit of a rift between them.
Eventually, these ties become stronger what with the various events that happen in the cove...where they learn what being a December Boy is really about.
The scenery in this simply stunned me, it was vibrant and lively...drawing one further into this endearing story of a bamd of orphans. The acting in here was quite decent, as each Boy portrayed what their names meant behind their titles.
To be honest, the story sort of reminded me of Les Choristes...so therefore anyone who enjoyed that type of story...would enjoy this as well.
Good news avid bookfiends! It's a novel by Michael Noonan...which I have already added to my list as well.
Daniel Radcliffe did a good job in the angry bits, but felt a bit awkward acting the love scene.
I liked the ending though.
Plot: Four orphan boys that name themselves Maps, Misty, Spark and Spit live in a Roman Catholic orphanage in Australia who called themselves the December Boys because they are all born in December. For their birthday the pastor that runs the orphanage sends them to a holiday at the beach living with a couple that are friends with the pastor. When Misty learns that the couple's neighbors have considered adopting and reluctantly tells it to the others, he and Spark and Spit instatly try to become closer to the neighbors, but Maps becomes distant he becomes more interested in spending time with a teenage girl named Lucy.
Okay this was not that good of a movie. It was nicely acted and the story did roughly get better around the second half of the movie, but unfortunately it's mostly predictable in the sense that you know what mostly these characters are like especially with this mostly being a sort of coming-of-age film, so you can figure out what will happen. Even then, it just had a couple of stuff that was...weird. Mostly with the horse trying to catch fish or just appearing at random times and also the imaginary nuns and stuff that Misty daydreams about.
Daniel Radcliffe/Maps: I think he did a nice job. He wasn't spectacular, especially since he was very quite and kind of just standing there during the first half of the movie, but I think the did a nice job displaying what Maps was going through in the more teenager/young adult. So this wasn't his best film, but at least he gave us a character to care about at the end of the day.
Lee Cormie/Misty: He was...okay. I guess the thing was that in some ways, you can care for this character with him always trying to be good and innocent and really wanting to find a family, but at the same time you may find it a little weird with his daydreams and stuff like that like I did.
And that's my review for December Boys. It had okay acting and at least a couple of things you may enjoy if you like the kind of coming-of-age story, but other then that, it's very predictable, and even weird at some point that at best you should watch if you are a fan of Harry Potter fan that wants to see practically anything with Daniel Radcliffe like me.
The irony is that half of the deleted scenes are much better than many of the scenes that actually made it into the final cut, leading me to believe that the director was in way over his head.
Incidentally, I added anywhere between a half a star and a full star for Teresa Palmer's role as the romantic interest for Harry. She was hot, hot stuff.
What I liked least of all was the shaky characterization and plot near the end. In particular, Maps's character was all over the charts, pun intended. Did he want a father? Didn't he? If he didn't, why was he so upset about that revelation? Why spend time dwelling over his father-less-ness when it ultimately doesn't come to anything? And, why couldn't the couple have adopted more than one of them, anyway? Since when do horses eat fish?
This isn't to say that I didn't like Radcliffe's performance. Although not flawless, he has a very open, vulnerable style which lends itself well to many of the characters he's played so far.
All in all, this is a film I would recommend for its overall pleasantness (and fairly realistic dialogue, despite what others may say), but not one to expect greatness from.