Storm Boy (2019)

Storm Boy (2019)

Storm Boy (2019)

Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtenay star in this family drama based on the children's book about an Australian boy who raises three orphaned pelicans. When he forms a close bond with them, he finds himself at odds with his fisherman father and his life takes a new and unexpected turn.

2019Rating: PG, Coarse language99 minsAustralia
Drama

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Storm Boy (2019) / Reviews

Flicks, Travis Johnson

Flicks, Travis Johnson

There’s merit in the idea of remaking Storm Boy, if not the execution. The last at bat was in 1976, when director Henri Safran crafted a minor – yet beloved – classic of Australian cinema out of Colin Thiele’s 1964 children’s novel. Unfortunately, judging by Shawn Seet’s 21st century effort, that may not be a trick that can be pulled off twice.

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Variety

Variety

Handsomely filmed in earthy tones by DP Bruce Young, and never once looking like a tourism promo reel, “Storm Boy” is crafted with care and class.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Not even a beloved pelican can save this epic downer.

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Stuff

Stuff

Storm Boy fails to fly because it's saddled with too many ideas, agendas and narratives.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Storm Boy’s lengthy flashbacks never feel like a straightforward rehash of the initial film, which has long been an Australian primary school mainstay.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

There is something elemental about Storm Boy — but there’s probably just not enough story to stretch the running time. It’s more like a series of vignettes that soar but bundled together feels flat.

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Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review

You have to wonder what Thiele (who died in 2006) would have thought about this softened overhaul, which mostly serves to make the original film feel like even more of what has been called an 'iconic classic.'

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