If Julian were ever to see Boy, I would imagine he would comment that it was “strange”. And he’d be right, it is a strange film! I’m terrible at trying to summarise film plots, but since this isn’t a primary school book review, I don’t have to! Instead, here’s the summary from IMDB (which I note that they stole too; maybe they didn’t like book reviews in primary school either?)
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.
By far, the best thing about this film is the kiwi accents, which are so thick in parts that they’re almost indecipherable. I also loved the father’s gang’s call sign – the “Crazy Horses”. Just classic!
Definitely worth checking out for an enjoyable night in. gerrod.com rating: 8/10.