Storm Boy Reviews
By no means a great film or a vehicle for great acting but it has its own charm & some stunning shots of Murray River.
A likable film that grows on you scene by scene & is a gem despite being a low key production.
The classic tale tells of a boy, Mike (dubbed Storm Boy by an Aboriginal friend) who lives with his father on the edge of a nature reserve in the Coorong, an estuary at the point where the Murray River meets the Southern Ocean.
It is the story of his friendship with the Aboriginal he meets, and, more importantly, the tragic friendship with the pelican he saved, Mr Percival.
This film has personal value to me, since the book by the late Colin Theile was one of my favourites as a child, and I also live nearby to the Coorong, and often saw Gringo (the pelican who portrayed Mr Percival) at the Adelaide Zoo.
It has some notable issues - the Aboriginal character, "Fingerbone Bill" is full of stereotypes, though not intentional ones - but the journey of Storm Boy is certainly worth the effort.
Its a good movie as long as one takes into account it is more than 30 years old. I was glad I stayed up to watch it.