Set on the east coast of New Zealand in the year 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old kid and devout Michael Jackson fan gets a chance to know his father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 7.3/10 (2,341 voted)
Critic's Score: 63/100
Stars: James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi
Storyline It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king-even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters.
Cast: James Rolleston
Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson
Pana Hema Taylor
Gross: NZD 9,294,500
(12 September 2010)
Did You Know?
Director Taika Waititi was less than a week away from filming when he realised the boy he had as lead wasn't working out. Three days before filming began, James Rolleston, who was hanging around on set as an extra, was given the lead by Taika Waititi.
In the opening scene it shows a wrecking yard of cars, noticeable one of the cars is a white 1991 Ford Falcon EA station wagon, not available in 1984.
Now, who knows what disease this sheep has? Kingi:
Not AIDS, you dork!
WARNING: You could be clapping in public at the end of this !
I'll start, unfairly perhaps for any new movie, by comparing it with
thoughts that other NZ movies have left me with - only to explain how
it left me feeling. I am smiling as I recall the movie and type this. A
good sign! So, Eagle v Shark's quirkiness. Whale Rider's pathos &
culture. Bro Town's language skills (who'd have thought "Egg" would be
so eloquent a derogatory remark!) Second Hand Wedding's humanity,
commentary on relationships & our overall resilience. Good things will
happen. Every Boy's natural instinct to worship their father -
irrespective of whether he's earned it or not - is shown against the
halcyon backdrop of an east coast life in Godzone. I laughed out loud
at Rockys apology for abuse of his special powers to knock an old fella
over. I ached when Boy's Dad returned and the interactions between them
- the hero worship meeting with reality; a coming of age. Taika's now
customary expansion of characters was excellent - flawed, bravado
filled fragile wee worlds we all build up. I have not served Boy
adequately in this random review - its an amazing film. 9/10. Made me
feel happy & glad to be alive and living in NZ.