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August 14, 2016
The strange humor of the writing gives life to the cast of quirky characters.
½ August 13, 2016
didn't enjoy this one as the movie didn't seem to have a point except maybe what life looks like after the mother passes away from child birth and the father is childish, lazy and irresponsible to look after the 5 children who are left to fend for themselves.
July 15, 2016
Taika Waititi's debut film doesn't exactly have a tight storyline, but it's more than made up by the exuberant editing, offbeat charm, and endearing child acting.
½ July 7, 2016
Now this is more like it!
Great movie from New Zealand.
½ May 31, 2016
Beautiful and well crafted with a light, sensitive hand. Wonderful performances from the young actors. Lovely.
May 29, 2016
Film Review
Justin Eagle Gauthier

Set in 1984, Maori writer, actor, director, Taika Waititi's Boy is a masterful look at nostalgia and relationships. Waititi captures a slice of time in the life of an 11 year-old boy nicknamed (wait for it) Boy, living in a completely rural part of Eastern New Zealand. As a work of fiction, this film does an excellent job of welcoming viewers. Production values are modest but feel accurate, Waititi and crew have created a unique world for their characters to play in. New Zealand shines here, the countryside is as verdant and vibrant as ever. You fully expect the fellowship of the ring to march over a hill into a scene at any second.

Taika Waititi is responsible for several masterworks in the emerging, contemporary New Zealand film renaissance. His early efforts include 2007's romantic comedy Eagle vs Shark, a film that successfully carried the torch of the nerd comedy phenomenon sparked by Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and was kindled by Tim Skousen's much underappreciated The Sasquatch Gang (2006). Waititi is a prominent figure in the global indigenous film circuit and has expressed at different times throughout his career a responsibility to portray Maori people in real and respectful ways. In an interview from March 2015 on The Cuts With Sterlin Harjo podcast, Waititi stated that he feels, "...a responsibility in that I don't want to embarrass my family, or Maori people. Even if, like, in Boy the dad is a complete idiot, it doesn't really paint Maori dads in a good light. I hope that people are mature enough to know that it's just about an idiot dad, it's not because he's Maori."

The characters in Boy make the film, from the strong debut of James Rolleston as Boy to the blustering, plucky performance of Taika Waititi as the father, Alamein. These two performances anchor the film. The twin themes of nostalgia and relationship play themselves out in the starry-eyed hero-worship Boy attempts to imprint on his father. While the father embodies the back-and-forth of arms-length distancing to reckless abandon that some young men mistake for maturity. These characters, performing Waititi's screenplay, transport the viewer not only in time but also in place and emotion. Not everyone knows what it's like to sit in a car late at night outside of a bar and have to entertain yourself until your parent(s) decide(s) to go home. Those of us who have had that experience recognize the nuance with which Waititi treats his characters and his story.
April 18, 2016
New Zealand's Taika Waititi is a fine director. His first feature "Eagle vs Shark" was mildly amusing - but his second, "Boy" is quite good. It's a coming of age story for a poor kid in New Zealand who's mother is dead, his grandmother is out of town...and then the father he worships comes home...and he has to slowly come to the realization that his dad isn't really all that great. The kid playing the lead is great, and Waititi himself is fantastic as the deadbeat convict dad. A fine little movie.
March 14, 2016
Beautiful and sad and funny and good for my hangover
½ February 12, 2016
Has a Wes Anderson sense of whimsy, a bit of humor, and a boy with a lot of potential.
½ January 10, 2016
The back cover of the DVD says this movie is a comedy, but really it is the tragedy of the loss of childhood myths and fantasies interspersed with hilarious moments.
January 9, 2016
Whimsical, poignant & quirky. A film that shows how a kid loves his father even though he's a complete twat! Well worth a viewing.
October 30, 2015
Boy is a good adventure/coming of age movie. It starts out really good but it slows down towards the end and overall, it's just "good". The acting is fine, the pacing was fine for the first half of the film but then it got to silly. I thought it would be one of those movies where you really feel for them main character but it didn't have that magic. But it's still a decent movie to watch. 6/10, Good.
½ September 3, 2015
A heartfelt take on a coming of age story about a boy in rural New Zealand who loves Michael Jackson and idolises his father. Boy is quirky and might even confuse those who are unfamiliar with Kiwi humour, but Taika Waititi's direction and screenplay exudes charm.
August 29, 2015
It's amazing how you can dump a whole bunch of kids in a house and let them be raised by whatever comes their way.
Great picture, amazing scenery and adorable acting!.
July 30, 2015
Taika Wakiti continues to grow on me. I've been a casual Flight of the Concord fan for a while but his last two features have been fantastic. While What We Do in the Shadows balanced it's off beatness with its heart this film balances it's heart with it off beatness with equally fantastic returns. There's also some ten outta ten cinematography in this one, as well as some rather impressive acting by the main three actors considering two of them are children and the other is Taika Wakiti. Really strong four stars, will undoubtedly recommend repeatedly.
May 25, 2015
Boy keeps you emotionally involved and genuinely interested in this unique family coming of age film. Waititi and Adizes marvel at storytelling from a 80's New Zealand perspective.
½ May 21, 2015
Not as good as Waititi's Eagle vs. Shark, but similar themes regarding the pain of absent (literally and figuratively) fatherhood.
April 12, 2015
Unique, incredibly funny and worrying at the same time. One hell of a movie!
April 5, 2015
Loved the maori version of Thriller :D
½ March 31, 2015
Glad I took a chance on this one. Quirky, but not too much so. Great acting by cast members I'm not familiar with. Original, charming, it out.
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