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New film "Boy" about boy who idolizes Michael Jackson

  • on: February 16, 2012, 07:12:44 AM
 New film is coming to theaters in March 2012. It is called "Boy".

Synopsis.
The year is 1984 and, somewhere along the rural East Coast of New Zealand, lives Boy who idolizes pop star Michael Jackson. Boy lives with his brother Rocky, a clan of cousins and his Nan. Boy also idolizes his father, Alamein, who is the heroic subject of his son’s fantasies, but, in reality, he is serving time in prison for robbery. When Alamein returns home after a 7-year absence, Boy must let go of the father of his dreams to face reality.

In Theaters

March 2, 2012
 
Genres

Foreign, Drama

Run Time

1 hour 27 minutes

Taika Waititi  Director

Do not forget to watch trailer, in 1:10 min. "LOVE" on fingers, in 1:11 min "Front"  lolol/ on the chest of boy:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwqfR8g-Qow[/youtube]

« Last Edit: February 16, 2012, 07:15:09 AM by emulik »
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Wow...looks great. I have to see this.

Here is the webpage for the movie:

http://www.boythemovie.co.nz/

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Wow...looks great. I have to see this.

Here is the webpage for the movie:

http://www.boythemovie.co.nz/

You are right! And thank you for that website :)
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New film is coming to theaters in March 2012. It is called "Boy".

Synopsis.
The year is 1984 and, somewhere along the rural East Coast of New Zealand, lives Boy who idolizes pop star Michael Jackson. Boy lives with his brother Rocky, a clan of cousins and his Nan. Boy also idolizes his father, Alamein, who is the heroic subject of his son’s fantasies, but, in reality, he is serving time in prison for robbery. When Alamein returns home after a 7-year absence, Boy must let go of the father of his dreams to face reality.

In Theaters

March 2, 2012
 
Genres

Foreign, Drama

Run Time

1 hour 27 minutes

Taika Waititi  Director

Do not forget to watch trailer, in 1:10 min. "LOVE" on fingers, in 1:11 min "Front"  lolol/ on the chest of boy:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwqfR8g-Qow[/youtube]



Thank you Emulik for this  bearhug ,it seems an good movie  :)  !!!!!
Here is one of Michael's lovely drawing with a BOY  :-*:



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@you are welcome Applehead :)
that drawing is very cute bounce/
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wow thank you so much for posting this

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wow thank you so much for posting this
you are welcome Gina  :)  it looks like great film!
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This is weird...  :?
In the cast there is a character named Murray... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560139/

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Thanks for giving a link of this movie :)
The trailer looks promising.
and I saw "front" :shock:  8-) When it's available here I'll definitely watch it.

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 /bravo/Well I'm thoroughly confused.  This is not new... I saw this last year! Is it possible it was at a film festival?  I'm sure I have this on my computer.

 :shock:

Edit: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_(2010_film)

This is the one I saw released in 2010. Hmmmm
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@everlastinglove..you are welcome :) and that "Front" on the chest of boy is quite interesting, but maybe/probably only coincidence. We will see.

@lilwendy..it does say that release year is 2010, but to theathers it is going on March 2,2012...really weird..
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A character named Murray......and another interesting thing too is the soundtrack to the movie is by a band called "The Pheonix Foundation" (we all know what a Pheonix represents) and one of the band members is named Conrad!   http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phoenix_Foundation

I would love to know in what context/why the boy has "Front" written on his chest in that scene...when I saw that my eyes went   fresse/

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Interesting how his board reads -- WELCOME HOME DADDY@@

isnt we can say Michael welcome home TOO?

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This has been out for a couple of years now, I have it on DVD. It doesn't really seem to be about MJ, the kids idolizes him and wants to be like him but it's generally a story of him getting to know his Dad who was absent most of his childhood.
"If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” - Michael Jackson

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A character named Murray......and another interesting thing too is the soundtrack to the movie is by a band called "The Pheonix Foundation" (we all know what a Pheonix represents) and one of the band members is named Conrad!   http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phoenix_Foundation

I would love to know in what context/why the boy has "Front" written on his chest in that scene...when I saw that my eyes went   fresse/

interesting Adi..I would like to know that too..I wish we have more snippets.
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Interesting how his board reads -- WELCOME HOME DADDY@@

isnt we can say Michael welcome home TOO?

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you are right, that is so sweet :)
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This has been out for a couple of years now, I have it on DVD. It doesn't really seem to be about MJ, the kids idolizes him and wants to be like him but it's generally a story of him getting to know his Dad who was absent most of his childhood.

thank you for update :) do you remember when you saw that film, what is purpose for that "Front" writing on chest of boy? does it have any special meaning?
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This has been out for a couple of years now, I have it on DVD. It doesn't really seem to be about MJ, the kids idolizes him and wants to be like him but it's generally a story of him getting to know his Dad who was absent most of his childhood.

thank you for update :) do you remember when you saw that film, what is purpose for that "Front" writing on chest of boy? does it have any special meaning?

No worries! To be honest, I don't remember sorry. It's been a while since I watched it but from what you say and what others have said, there are definitely a few oddities in the movie. I didn't really think the movie was hoax related but perhaps I should re-watch it with a hoax hat on :)
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 /woohoo/  Thanks for posting this !!!! bounce/  michael-jackson/
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He is so adorable! I don't see anything about this movie on my movie theater's website, though.  :? & I'm confused on the dates though after reading others' comments. Hmm.

Anyway, I wonder if Michael's behind this film
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This has been out for a couple of years now, I have it on DVD. It doesn't really seem to be about MJ, the kids idolizes him and wants to be like him but it's generally a story of him getting to know his Dad who was absent most of his childhood.

thank you for update :) do you remember when you saw that film, what is purpose for that "Front" writing on chest of boy? does it have any special meaning?

No worries! To be honest, I don't remember sorry. It's been a while since I watched it but from what you say and what others have said, there are definitely a few oddities in the movie. I didn't really think the movie was hoax related but perhaps I should re-watch it with a hoax hat on :)

Thank you for your response :)
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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-TiQXCJtRk&feature=related [/youtube]

:lol: :lol: You can't deny that Boy's dad tries to be Michael Jackson /bravo/
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I haven't seen the movie (yet) but when I read this review I thought some aspects could be related to Michael. Boy's childhood has some similarities with Michael's childhood. I can imagine that Michael could be touched by this movie.

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For Boy, the most important things in life are Michael Jackson, an older girl with an asymmetrical ponytail, and Alamein, his absent father. He wants all these things, but being just 10 years old and stuck in rural New Zealand, he has none. Boy is a story of yearning and dreaming viewed through the prism of 1984 and is a uniquely sweet and funny drama-cum-comedy.

At its core, Boy continues a long tradition of father-son films. It’s a wide-ranging genre: We’ve had Luke Skywalker killing his cyborg dad and reconciling with his kindly ghost. Marty Mcfly went Back to the Future and stopped his dad from being such a jittery douche. In the Mosquito Coast, a confused and admiring son follows his brilliant but mule-headed father (a first-rate performance from Harrison Ford) to fatal extremes. In all these films, the son wants to idolise the father, to seek him out as an anchor in the choppy waters of childhood, but it’s not always possible.   

While we may desire an Atticus Finch, it’s more likely we’ll end up with Homer Simpson. In these cases, you’ve no choice but to run away (The Shining<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->) or build him a baseball field (Field of Dreams). Failing that, just stab him with a light-saber. Yes-siree, it’s a rich cinematic vein and Waitita’s ‘dramedy’ offers a fresh but slightly awkward and dysfunctional take on it.   

Boy entertains himself with absurd fantasies of his father escaping from jail utilising biros and forks with the deadly dexterity of a ninja. He envisages his return will be marked by a move to the big smoke (presumably Auckland), endless MJ concerts and relaxation at their Mansion’s pool, either drinking cocktails in tuxedos or riding dolphins (also in tuxedos). Basically as far away from the rundown shack he shares with a small army of cousins as he can imagine.   

Inevitably his father does return and Boy is entranced. Abandoning his sensitive little brother, Rocky, he becomes his father’s shadow, emulating him in an effort to win his affections. But as Boy’s eyes grow accustomed to the glow emanating from his father, he realises that what was seemingly perfect is instead deeply flawed. His father is a buffoon; an egotistical, small-minded crim stuck in a rut and full of demons and delusions of grandeur. As Boy’s fantasy is reconciled with reality, the film takes a darker turn and the violence of this fractured family is less glossed over by director Taika Waititi (better known for his lighter touch on Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs Shark).

<!--[endif]--> Boy a welcome return to the mood and feel of Waititi’s oscar-nominated film Two Cars, One Night, which explored the friendship of two kids waiting in parked cars for their parents to get out the pub. I greatly enjoyed Eagle vs Shark but empathised with those who found its relentlessly quirky story and characters irritating. The more rounded approach is probably a slight nod to those who demanded it. But it doesn’t entirely work.   

The film is so weighed down by pop-cultural in-jokes and quirky conceits that when it demands to be taken more seriously it just doesn’t feel like it has earnt it. It’s a shunting train and the tone clomps out of beat like shoes in a dryer. This is because the eighties referential humour and stream of Michael Jackson jokes alienates slightly from the later, highly charged emotional content of the film. There is a flippancy here that Boy can’t seem to shake off. Where humour is meant to elicit pathos, it comes off as a little facetious. Which is a shame, as there is a very sad and authentic story of family dysfunction, love and loneliness here.   

Boy has been a massive hit in New Zealand. While that may be like saying Dr Pepper is the number one drink in the Canary Islands, it does reflect the success Boy has had resonating in its origin community, which is perhaps indicative of its authenticity. While it’s possible to quibble with the slightly jarring mood, overall this is a memorable and highly enjoyable film. The cohort of children is fantastic and unaffected by the child-actor-syndrome we see in so many American films. The narrative arc is satisfying and Waititi, who plays the dead-beat dad, brings a lot of waggish humour and enough depth to the role. It’s an inventive and surprising comedy, full of playful nostalgia that resonates close to home, but ultimately tries to be a bit too grown up when it should just enjoy being a boy.
http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/movie-reviews/boy-_-movie-review20100818.aspx

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I haven't seen the movie (yet) but when I read this review I thought some aspects could be related to Michael. Boy's childhood has some similarities with Michael's childhood. I can imagine that Michael could be touched by this movie.

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For Boy, the most important things in life are Michael Jackson, an older girl with an asymmetrical ponytail, and Alamein, his absent father. He wants all these things, but being just 10 years old and stuck in rural New Zealand, he has none. Boy is a story of yearning and dreaming viewed through the prism of 1984 and is a uniquely sweet and funny drama-cum-comedy.

At its core, Boy continues a long tradition of father-son films. It’s a wide-ranging genre: We’ve had Luke Skywalker killing his cyborg dad and reconciling with his kindly ghost. Marty Mcfly went Back to the Future and stopped his dad from being such a jittery douche. In the Mosquito Coast, a confused and admiring son follows his brilliant but mule-headed father (a first-rate performance from Harrison Ford) to fatal extremes. In all these films, the son wants to idolise the father, to seek him out as an anchor in the choppy waters of childhood, but it’s not always possible.   

While we may desire an Atticus Finch, it’s more likely we’ll end up with Homer Simpson. In these cases, you’ve no choice but to run away (The Shining<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->) or build him a baseball field (Field of Dreams). Failing that, just stab him with a light-saber. Yes-siree, it’s a rich cinematic vein and Waitita’s ‘dramedy’ offers a fresh but slightly awkward and dysfunctional take on it.   

Boy entertains himself with absurd fantasies of his father escaping from jail utilising biros and forks with the deadly dexterity of a ninja. He envisages his return will be marked by a move to the big smoke (presumably Auckland), endless MJ concerts and relaxation at their Mansion’s pool, either drinking cocktails in tuxedos or riding dolphins (also in tuxedos). Basically as far away from the rundown shack he shares with a small army of cousins as he can imagine.   

Inevitably his father does return and Boy is entranced. Abandoning his sensitive little brother, Rocky, he becomes his father’s shadow, emulating him in an effort to win his affections. But as Boy’s eyes grow accustomed to the glow emanating from his father, he realises that what was seemingly perfect is instead deeply flawed. His father is a buffoon; an egotistical, small-minded crim stuck in a rut and full of demons and delusions of grandeur. As Boy’s fantasy is reconciled with reality, the film takes a darker turn and the violence of this fractured family is less glossed over by director Taika Waititi (better known for his lighter touch on Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs Shark).

<!--[endif]--> Boy a welcome return to the mood and feel of Waititi’s oscar-nominated film Two Cars, One Night, which explored the friendship of two kids waiting in parked cars for their parents to get out the pub. I greatly enjoyed Eagle vs Shark but empathised with those who found its relentlessly quirky story and characters irritating. The more rounded approach is probably a slight nod to those who demanded it. But it doesn’t entirely work.   

The film is so weighed down by pop-cultural in-jokes and quirky conceits that when it demands to be taken more seriously it just doesn’t feel like it has earnt it. It’s a shunting train and the tone clomps out of beat like shoes in a dryer. This is because the eighties referential humour and stream of Michael Jackson jokes alienates slightly from the later, highly charged emotional content of the film. There is a flippancy here that Boy can’t seem to shake off. Where humour is meant to elicit pathos, it comes off as a little facetious. Which is a shame, as there is a very sad and authentic story of family dysfunction, love and loneliness here.   

Boy has been a massive hit in New Zealand. While that may be like saying Dr Pepper is the number one drink in the Canary Islands, it does reflect the success Boy has had resonating in its origin community, which is perhaps indicative of its authenticity. While it’s possible to quibble with the slightly jarring mood, overall this is a memorable and highly enjoyable film. The cohort of children is fantastic and unaffected by the child-actor-syndrome we see in so many American films. The narrative arc is satisfying and Waititi, who plays the dead-beat dad, brings a lot of waggish humour and enough depth to the role. It’s an inventive and surprising comedy, full of playful nostalgia that resonates close to home, but ultimately tries to be a bit too grown up when it should just enjoy being a boy.
http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/movie-reviews/boy-_-movie-review20100818.aspx

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wow interesting! thank you Everlastinglove :)
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