- 1 hr 20 min
Boy is a coming-of-age film from 2009 directed by Taika Waititi. The film follows 11-year-old Boy (James Rolleston) and his adventures in rural New Zealand during the summer of 1984. Boy is an imaginative child who loves making up stories about his absent father, who he believes is a legendary adventurer. The film opens with Boy living in poverty with his grandmother, brother, and several cousins. He is fascinated by Michael Jackson and often dresses up as the pop star, complete with a sparkly glove. Boy’s real-life hero, however, is his absent father, who he believes will return to him one day.
Boy’s fantasies about his father are soon shattered when his father, Alamein (played by Nicolas Cage), returns after several years in prison. Boy is thrilled to see his father, but soon realizes that Alamein is not the hero he imagined. Alamein is more interested in finding buried treasure than spending time with his son, and it quickly becomes clear that he is not the father figure Boy needs.
Freddie Highmore plays Rocky, Boy’s friend and love interest. Kristen Bell plays a small but important role as a teacher who encourages Boy’s creativity.
Throughout the film, Boy struggles to come to terms with his father’s shortcomings, all while dealing with his own challenges. He has a strained relationship with his younger brother, who idolizes Alamein, and he feels responsible for his grandmother, who is struggling to keep the family together.
The film is a beautiful exploration of family, love, and the search for identity. It captures the innocence and wonder of childhood while tackling more mature themes, such as addiction and abandonment. The cinematography is stunning, with sweeping shots of the New Zealand countryside and vibrant colors that mirror Boy’s vivid imagination.
Boy is a heartwarming and thoughtful film that will resonate with audiences of all ages. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of family, and how the people we love shape us into the person we become.
Boy is a 2009 animated movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 53.