Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
It's 1984. 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.Written by
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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. See more »
The story takes place in 1984 with a month ending in 'ber' ( i.e. September, October, November or December) according to what is written on the classroom blackboard. Boy says that his brother Rocky is six years old. Their mother Joanie died while giving birth to Rocky. According to Joanie's tombstone, she died in April, 1977. Doing the math, that would make Rocky seven, not six. See more »
You're a liar, your dad's not overseas, he's in jail for robbery
Shut up Kingi, you don't know
Yes, he's in the same cell block as my dad
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The last shot after the credits is of Leaf, the goat, walking across a dance floor where the floor lights up as he walks on it. See more »
Taika shows potential, as Time of Gypsies meets Silence of the - Goats
All slums look like one another, be it Gypsy slums of Romania or South American or Indian slums, or indeed the homes of the poverty stricken Maori. Many an African American will also find a lot in common with the heroes of this movie, as theme of absent fathers are as proverbial as occasional sip of Kool Aid or a nice slice of juicy watermelon. Our Boy (pardon the pun) shows some potential. The best part of the movie comes after the ending, when Taika turns Thriller homage into a Maori dance. The movie is quite depressing, and director has not yet fully matured at the time of making this movie, as movie is occasionally painful to watch, yet some of his soulful idiosyncrasies are already present, and the movie speaks volumes about where Taiki really comes from. Worth a watch as a personal movie of author that shows potential, later vindicated, and an extra credit for after credit dance routine.
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