Boy – NZ film at it’s most accessible

This is the must see movie of the year for all New Zealand.  Believe the hype, this is just so cool.  You will walk out of the theater with a smile on your face and you will be humming along to a lot of the songs you remember from the early 80’s – if you are old enough.  This is the story of a young boy called Boy, his brother Rocky and their Dad,  Alamein, who returns to their small town after an extended absence in prison.  Everyone has to get used to each other and learn about each other, Boy has built his Dad into a hero, but the reality is slightly different.  Boy has been  left in charge of Rocky and  assorted smaller cousins while their grandma is called away to a funeral.  When Dad turns up with his two mates everything changes.  It is a story of finding out who you are, the truth about things you thought you knew.  There are some great scenes in it but the overwhelming feel of the movie is that it could only have been made in New Zealand.  I loved every minute of it.  Taika Waititi has captured something essentially feel good, and yet at the same time  moving and sad about the relationships in the movie it is totally gorgeous! Do visit the website turn up the volume on your computer and smile.

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