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Storm Boy (2019)

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A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When ... See full summary »

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Shawn Seet

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Justin Monjo (screenplay by), Colin Thiele (novel)
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Credited cast:
Jai Courtney ... Hideaway Tom
Geoffrey Rush ... Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingley
David Gulpilil ... Father of Fingerbone Bill
Finn Little ... Storm Boy
Erik Thomson ... Malcolm Downer
Trevor Jamieson ... Fingerbone Bill
Morgana Davies ... Madeline
Luca Asta Sardelis ... Smirking Schoolgirl #1
Simone Annan ... Murujuga Lawyer
Chantal Contouri ... Julie Sims
David John Clark ... Police Senior Constable
Michelle Nightingale Michelle Nightingale ... Mrs. Marks
Thibul Nettle Thibul Nettle ... Police Officer (as Stinga-T)
Lucy Cowan Lucy Cowan ... Belle
Anna Bampton Anna Bampton ... Jenny
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A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship. Written by Ambience Entertainment

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Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild peril and brief language | See all certifications »
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Australia

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English

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April 2019 (USA) See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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For the Hideaway Tom (Jai Courtney) character, costume designer Louise McCarthy used a lot of hand knits, with one based on a poignant, particular reference. She said: "That knit was based on 1940s British knitted sailor's jumpers. They would use particular patterns so that if the sailors were drowned, a particular pattern would belong to a particular village and they'd be able to identify him." See more »

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References Colin Thiele's Storm Boy: The Game (2018) See more »

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A mostly well made modern adaptation of the classic Australian story
17 January 2019 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

Storm Boy is a drama film based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Colin Thiele. Starring Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney, it is a mostly well made modern adaptation of the classic Australian story that marginally improves upon the original 1976 film.

In South Australia, retired businessman Michael Kingley (Geoffrey Rush) recounts a story of his childhood to his grand-daughter Madeline (Morgana Davies). When he was young, Michael (Finn Little) lived with his father Tom (Jai Courtney) on the isolated coastline of Coorong, and was good friends with a local Aboriginal man named Fingerbone Bill (Trevor Jamieson). One day, Fingerbone Bill and the young Michael discover three orphaned baby pelicans which Michael rescues and cares for until they grow to full size. Forming a close bond with the pelicans, Michael names them Mr. Proud, Mr. Ponder, and Mr. Percival, the latter of which he becomes the closest with.

Perhaps the best told version of Colin Thiele's classic novel, Storm Boy is an entertaining update that is respectful to its source material, even if it does take the occasional unnecessary liberty. The flashbacks to the modern day scenes didn't always work and did end up feeling out of place at times. Thankfully, the ever-reliable Geoffrey Rush playing the older Michael helped make them much more tolerable. However, the moments that occurred in the original story were handled quite well. I particularly liked the scenes where the young Michael was feeding the baby pelicans and teaching them how to fly. This is made even better by the great performance from relative newcomer Finn Little, whose natural playful banter with the pelicans was nice to watch. Overall, this is a fine retelling of the classic novel, if one were to ignore some of the contemporary modern changes.

I rate it 7.5/10


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