Watch Boy

"Welcome to my interesting world."
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 7.5  (29,157)
  • 70

Boy is a 2010 coming-of-age film directed by Taika Waititi, who also stars in the movie as the father of the titular character. The film is set in rural New Zealand, in a small town called Waihau Bay, and follows the story of an eleven-year-old boy named Boy, played by James Rolleston, who lives with his grandmother, younger brother Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu), and a group of cousins.

Boy is a dreamer who idolizes his absentee father Alamein, who he believes is a deep-sea diver, a war hero, and a rock star. Boy’s father left the family years ago and hasn't returned since. Despite Boy's craving for attention from his father, his life is a series of disappointments, with no chances of happiness in sight.

One day, Boy is thrilled when Alamein arrives in town with a couple of his friends. However, Boy soon realizes that his father is not the hero he had imagined him to be. Alamein is a petty criminal with a violent streak, who is constantly on the run from the law. Boy is disappointed by his father's behavior but still clings to the hope that he will take him away and show him the world.

The film is a poignant, funny, and ultimately heart-wrenching exploration of Boy's desire for love and attention from his father, and his growing realization that his father may never be able to provide these things for him. The movie is a beautifully shot and well-executed representation of a boy's struggle with abandonment and his need for parental love and guidance.

While the film's premise may seem bleak, Waititi infuses the story with his signature humor and quirky characters, making it an enjoyable and heartwarming experience. The film is full of imaginative fantasy elements that represent Boy's childlike point of view.

The film's setting, rural New Zealand, is also an important part of the story. The stunning landscape and unique culture are beautifully captured on camera, providing a real sense of place that adds to the film’s charm.

The performances in the movie are exceptional, particularly those of James Rolleston and Taika Waititi. Rolleston's portrayal of Boy is nuanced and relatable, making it easy for viewers to empathize with his character's struggles. Waititi's performance as Alamein is also noteworthy, as he balances the character's violent tendencies with moments of vulnerability that help to flesh out the character.

In addition to its emotional resonance, the film also has an excellent soundtrack. The music in the movie is often used to underscore the emotional themes and moments of the story, providing a moving and unforgettable experience.

Ultimately, Boy is a powerful and heartwarming film that explores the universal themes of childhood, family, and the power of imagination. It's a coming-of-age story that will resonate with viewers of all ages and backgrounds, and one that highlights the importance of family, love, and acceptance.

Boy is a 2010 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 70.

Where to Watch Boy
Boy is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Boy for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    7.5  (29,157)
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