STEVE JOBS delivers on almost every front, but can’t escape the shadow of ‘The Social Network’.
Spring movies often get a bad wrap. Much like the fall movie season, these are typically considered cinematic leftovers. Spring films are seen as not good enough for Oscar contention, not blockbuster enough for the summer playground, and generally pretty skip-able. However, this year there are still plenty of quality
More than anything, Boy is about failures. Adults are failing children, New Zealand’s government is failing the Maori population. Unfortunately, the film never takes a real political stand, and the redemption and reconciliation come all too easily: all the difficulty is glossed over with camp. Hell, there is a Bollywood style ending. While it might be cute and all, the cast dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller video choreography, it’s beyond derivative. Regardless of whether it’s homage to Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008) or a five a.m. wouldn’t-this-be-neat idea, it adds very little to the movie. Everything that has gravitas is turned into a joke, because audiences surely wouldn’t want to be bothered with any uncomfortable topics.