Serve the doorknobs at room temperature and round up the 3 member gang as we immerse ourselves in the 2010 film, Boy.
Director: Taika Waititi
Writer: Taika Waititi
Released: January 2010
Actors: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi
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Directing: Oti felt that even though he hasn't been to NZ the film was shot in an authentic way. Being taken on a journey where each scene encapsulates a character's emotions. KT gives all the love and plaudits. You can tell they are writing it from their truth, they didn't need to hire cultural consultant to get all the details right. It is the pen that you yield and the camera that you helm.
Quirky/eccentric tone: One of the better components in this film are the moments of levity.
Comedy as a way of dealing with harsh realities: There is an element of humour so it isn't just a tearjerker and we can further resonate. It's not all sadness and gloominess. There's an element of fun and humour. Comedy can be used as a way to disarm people. So they are more receptive for the real messages that are about to be delivered.
Belonging: The most important messaging in this film. Boy is struggling to reconnect and finding love from his father. Best performances of a child actor in a long time. Home can mean a lot and it is carried throughout the film.
Childlike Wonder (Precocious kids, The lovable fool): KT offers that Alamein is the lovable fool but Oti does not agree at all. The decisions he made was not of someone trying to dig themselves out. Looking for an exit door instead of who is around. No precocious kids. Rocky fulfilled the parts of us we want to revisit again.
Father son dynamic: Definitely delivered in the film. Whether you like it or not, we have some semblance of father/son dynamic. It's an ongoing story of revelation. Of Boy rediscovering himself and finding his place in the world. Seeing his journey grow between Rocky and Alamein.
He makes a cameo: More than a cameo as one of the main character.
Real people as fantasy figures: Michael Jackson plays a big part where he symbolised the dreams and aspirations. Before any disillusion set in.