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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
As a Pom I had difficulty relating to this film initially, but when I watched it again, it appealed to me in a variety of ways as it shows a boy, his dysfunctional dad and a wish to escape his humdrum life into Michael Jackson land. Kids are the same - you could have transposed this to anywhere in the world and met the same type of characters in similar settings wanting the best things in life - a great film.
Absolutely nothing wrong with this film but yes you probably did need to grow up in NZ in the 80s to fully appreciate it. Loved it, kids love it, brought the dvd, watched it many times & see different things in it everytime but the star of the show is most definitely ROCKY!!
never thought some people could be sooo negative about who we are today. Maoris lifestyle is exactly how the movie shows. If your a maori and you dont think so you must of been bought up in pakeha world. Maoris are hard up and will smoke dope, escape jail but which culture doesnt? i admire this movie because it brings out that maoris can be bad at times but in the end its family that matters most.
I am Maori and in no way do I see the film as a negative depiction of us as a people. This film is a coming-of-age story and the themes shown can be related to by all walks of life whether you're Maori or not. To say that it is stereotypical is to say that ALL Maori grew up around drugs/alcohol/neglect etc - this is far from the truth. To me, it is an authentic piece of story-telling full of humour, heart and hope and its unfortunate that some people did not get that from the film.
I was truely touched ,started crying within 5 minutes.Although there was a lot of sadness around what a loser the dad was and the circumstances, there was also hope and beauty.The humour lifted it to.I think Taita is brillant. I am surprised at some of the negative comments in other reviews.I think some people may tut tut if they don't understand. I hope this story reaches those who need to make changes in their own lives. I got it , thank you.
I miss goodnight kiwi and tv turning off at midnight. It's so funny how wordly and cool people (in general) thought we were in the 80's. So young and naive we were. 'Boy' just brought a flood of memories back, good and bad.
my name is Tahupotiki and this was the best movie it was really sad but also hallarious at the same time it is definitley an all time classic i love it..it's just incredible i'm gonna watch it so many times and it also never gets boring they are great acters and its just so heart felt and choice....i love it it's full pro i reccomend it to anyone
In live stage, there have to be comedy moments to help the audience through the bleak bits (eg 'Fiddler'): much the same here (it also brings in an audience beyond arthouse lovers). Michael Jackson was an irrelevance. 3 months on, my main memory is of the progressive disillusionment of 'Boy', facing reality instead of daydreams.
My... More gripe: like all films about teenagers, it uses actors from an age range beyond the plot. Why not play 'Boy' as a 13 yo and Rocky as his own age? No 11 yo would be chasing that girl in that class (which had a bizarre range of ages).
The plot is universal, but many overseas audiences will get lost with the kiwi accent (but at least it was kiwi and not USA).
I thought than 'Indian' was too formulaic, with cameos just to bring in different audience groups.
'Boy' is much more thoughtful, and brings arthouse into mainstream, and deserves to do well outside of its country of origin. I am certainly recommending it to my friends.Hide
Hey, mate. I keep meaning to say how much I loved your film. My daughter (1 year old at the time) loves the song Poi-e and one of my fondest memories is of her waving a sock (toddler mock poi) during the closing credits and dancing.
A brilliant piece of entertainment, you should be glowing with pride!
Really like the way the characters were betrayed. The father was perhaps a little over dramatic. But the 2 sons were great. The imagery created with the drawings for the youngest wannabe super hero was reminiscent of a lot of the modern movies from the last 10 years but had a real kiwi edge. The rest of the kids cast was played really too. Hats of to the writer/director/dad to create such a wonderful movie to keep homegrown NZ movies on the map. Hope it goes as well overseas.
Mannn, this movie was off the chain.Haha Had too many funny parts that brought back the memories and then the sad meories that make you want to hook your dad. haha But overall didnt complain because everyone I know can relate to this in there own way and we just have a laugh at how that was us when we were young but in South Auckland. haha "HEYY CHARDINNAY WANNA SEE SOME MICHAEL JACKSON DANCE MOVES" Hahaha too funnyy!! Suwoop.
haha, awesome movie .. great story to it. i am a 16 year old australian girl, and i really loved it. lots of people were saying to me ' you arent moari, you wont like it' , but thats not the case at all !
i loved the typical moari boys. they were hilarious.
cant wait for another moari film :)
Very very good movie. So true and soooo tragic. This is how sooooo many New Zealand Maori live. Very sad that the Maori people and culture lack pride and laugh at themselves in this way. Loved the kids. Just want to give them big hugs. Did not find the movie very humerous rather sad.
BY Wice superstar
in reply to all those self righteous Maori haters stating, negative depictions of us as a race ....BACK UP!!! Myself i am a Maori,PROUD,HARD. Take a look at yourself, all the positive feed back, however you take this opportunity upon yourself as an individual to criticize beacause in your own opinion you know better.....DICK
I THINK THIS MOVIE DESERVES MORE THAN 5 STARS IT WAS AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WOULD NOT HAVE WANTED TO USE UP AN HOUR OF MY SUNDAY NIGHT ANY WAY ELSE
IT WAS HILARIOUS AND A GREAT STORY IN MY PONIT OF VIEW
mean maori mean choice as movie love it man can watch it all day aye i my names aniwhaiora mahara waenga wharepapa ko maungaroa te maunga ko kereu te awa ko mataatua te waka ko te whanau a kaiao te hapu ko te whanau a apanui im 13 years old and my dads name is horo wharepapa i love boy its my favourite movie in the world im from the east coast and i live in wainuiomata lower hutt kia ora xx
Gave me soo much memories of when I lived down my beloved hicks bay, east coast...hicks bay is only 15 minute drive from waihau bay...so I related big time to the movie...loved it from the bottom of my heart...P.S.-To that guy BEN who said boy the movie was CRAP...FCUK YOU FCUKN DOG...Say that to a moaris face boyyy...sorry whanau...R.I.P MJ !!!
Come on Māori people - develop some critical thinking skills. If you want to watch pessimistic stories like Boy save your $15 - the same story is played on the TV News every night contributing to internalised and interpersonal racism.
There are great Māori success stories out there. Let's film those, celebrate those, and replicate those. The choice is yours.Hide
Reading everyones comments and wow they were intereting! This movie presented the east coast just the way it is from a childs view growing up there. Some people felt it lacked a story line but there it is like living day to day(simple living). with wit and humour to entertain you self and animals to enjoy as there is land all around its awesome.
doesnt deserve a rating. If i wanted to watch a film about rural living as a maori i could have taken a handy cam home and taped my own family. Not pay $20 to watch this crap. Another once were warriors rip off. Didnt feel proud to be maori afterwards. The world will think we are all dope smoking no hopers! Waihau bay and whanau apanui have much to be proud of and none of it was highlighted. Get a life waititi!
BY Brian1 superstar
Yes, they can be very funny, yes, they can be very natural, yes, life isn't always the way we would like it to be, but, why not intergrate some of the postives surrounding the culture and lifestyles of the race as opposed to the constant barrage of negative images. And to be produced by themselves, is this the best they can do... More to look at themselves and get us to!Hide
A very well portrayed look at the not so distant past. Especially for someone like me.
Being part Maori and what I was brought up with brings me a lot closer to understanding this film in it's deeper moments, while others tended to treat it like a Hollywood comedy one moment and obviously seemed to lose themselves to oblivion and even boredom the next (their loss).
I found the film "BOY" very sad in a lot of... More ways.
There were very few times when I wanted to laugh, but only because I was more interested in the people/characters and the few and yet many resemblances to my own past and that of my own friends and family.
This film portrays for me the things you had in youth, but lost when you reached adulthood/maturity...whatever you call the enthusiasm, imagination, ignorance, hero worship, (and the stupid and hurtful things you said and did to your family and friends...added with the hero worshiping of your dad who was strong, your favorite uncle who knows everything or older worldly cousin who's been everywhere you haven't and comes across as a super hero character straight out of a comic book) and then you suddenly wakeup one morning as old as they were then. And realise you don't have too many heros left... they all seem to have moved on or died. You've lost touch with childhood friends, and your brother/s, sisters and cousins you spent all your youth with have seperate lives to you.... with their own children/families to raise.
Youth is never waisted on the young, they just don't appreciate their youthful views of the world till it's gone.
I wonder what my nieces and nephews will remember about their youth!... will they have any heros that don't come from the tv sports channel... will they remember fondly the ghosts of their past like I do now... will they remember to honor their parents and grandparents who did so much for them. will they understand how the hard times made them stronger. Will they sit down with their family and say things like "do you remember when...."
So why do I value so highly a film that only seems to stir within me a longing for a past I can't have.
Because "BOY" reminds me where I came from....the good times, the bad times, the times when you had not much of anything.....and the people who shared that time with you and made your life a lot more interesting.
Regards Allen Murray Davis
(Ko Taranaki Te Maunga)
(Ko Te Atiawa Te Iwi)Hide
My brother who was back in NZ after many years overseas and I went to this little gem. We both loved it. I would rate it the best NZ movie I can recall seeing. The acting was wonderful, the humour subtle, and the story full of poignancy. Only a Maori director could have got away with what was portrayed in this film, but it left you thinking about its meanings and messages long after you left the theatre. I do hope a soundtrack is released.
So many little throwaway jewels - my favourites were 'Maori Smurf' and 'Can he actually speak?'Hide
Maybe the people that say that the movie has no story or that the children had no guidance are the ones that were brought up in the city and had no sense of adventure when they were young. My siblings and I were raised on the farm where you'd disappear in the... More morning and not get home til dark-cos that's what kids do, we had similar people around us, an uncle that told me his car had a turbo boost button but it only worked when he drove by himself, the little Maori kid that came to school one day with a mowhawk that his older brother gave him.
Thats why I like this movie, real characters that we can relate to, in a real world, in our real country.
Well done Taika and all the others on this movie.Hide
The best New Zealand film for quite some time. Wonderful performance from the largely-nonprofessional actors. Downright funny at times but has an underlying seriousness that gives the film depth and complexity. Very moving at times too. I loved every minute of it!
This movie is a true insight into our culture, great to see so many people have memories in there lives which they can relate to in this movie. BOY tells a tale which im sure most maori boys in the 80s could relate too. Its hits home in the right spot...Total Krak up...When is it released in OZ???? Whanau would love a special screening!
I struggled to smile and felt saddened by the imagery in this film. I can't understand what the director was trying to say and why he made it. The contrast between the beauty of the land and the poverty of the people who lack spiritual significance and culture in their life just reminded me about all the things wrong in our society. I wish I could laugh at this movie and I admit there are some moments I enjoyed but overall it cut a bit close to the bone without offering any real vision of hope.
BOY, was this movie a good one, the way the children speak and act is just a reality time in life, being brought up in the south side, just reminded me of the old days, for example siting inside a old recked car, girls wearing dress, boys in stubbies, living with karani lol, Partying with our parents...... Mean Memories, i rate this movie 100 over 100 YO!
I thought this was one of the best movies I've seen in a while: honest, beautiful and I loved the children's perspective. Please please go and see it!!!! Truly worth every penny and then some. My only regret is that is isn't showing in Aust, wish my family could go see it.
Heard great reviews about this movie. Finally saw it. Was not disappointed at the least. I come from the era when kids had free speech and nothing was pc. what you see is definitely what you get. Absolutely loved it. Haven't laughed at the movies like that for ages. Who cares about the story lines characters their roles the effect they had on the storyline at the end of the day it was just outright bloody hilarious. LOVED the Thriller piece at the end. You got OSCAR from me Bro.
One of the best movies ive seen in a while.
Im from the Coast and in my thirties so this movie where really took me back.
I think Taika did so well -- with the budget and time constraints associated with making a film like this in a tiny town on the Coast with a cast made up of kids who have never acted before ... i think this movie will be one il come back to again and again.
Boy was a pleasant surprise. Although it was about a dysfunctional family there was little actual violence in the family (most instigated by the boy against his father) and a reconciliation at the end. The main child actors were absolutely terrific. Waititi's movie is surprisingly mature and adept. The conclusion not simple or cliched, nor does he take the simple way out of resorting to some sort of blood bath.
Boy is so close to the reality which I saw growing up in a small town in the 1980's that I thought i'd been transported back. Incredible costuming, props and such a typical situation in Maori families portrayed brilliantly. Anyone who grew up in the 80's will treasure this film!! and so will everybody
Feel-good movie of the year. Got that 80's vibe effortlessly with a hilarious cast, great scenery and 'on the spot' language, I personally (well, along with all my mates) found this movie a great comedy with a real moving cast. After the movie we went quoting the movie to each other and to strangers who would reply, laughing and loving this easily remembered film. Classic.
WOW! I loved it from start to finish. So real and so wonderfully acted. The "boy" should get an Academy award for this movie- fantactic!
Having holidayed on the East coast all my life, there was only one thing missing- kids waving from the side of the road at cars going past. Awesome!
Yes it has great comidic moments but it fails as comedy. The children and the beginning and the end of the film saved it from its pervading bleakness. Alameins character is disfunctional- his presence in the film disturbing. The woman - barely sketched in - absent Gran, the hard working auntie and the boys deceased mother are the smallest threads of stability in the childrens lives that deserved to be teased out to make sense of the otherwise weak story line
Terrific film - wonderful mixture of humour and pathos from a superbly-talented director and cast. It's a film to be enjoyed, not picked apart by 'critics' with agendas. The audience applauded at the end of the screening I attended - that's because it's a 'feel-good' film made to be enjoyed - not a 'text' to be analysed as some sort of cultural artefact. Deserves to do brilliantly at the box office - see it!
Well I think I saw the best parts in the first part of the film 30 minutes in ,and most of it was in the trailer and previews of the movie.
Great scenery and music but think the relied heavily on the cuteness and the acting of the young stars.It really had no real story line,and from the half way it got rather boring and silly.
And the sudden end!Perhaps they had run out of ideas.
A very big let after a much waiting for its release.
This movie took me back down memory lane, it made me laugh & laugh until I cried, and I cried because I was so moved by the emotion of the film...we went to the 6.30 session, then straight after that we went to the 8.30 session. I have hightly recommended this movie to all mates at work and my whanau all around me! TU MEKE..