Our February movie was the remake of “Storm Boy”. We met in the library to discuss the movie where we welcomed several new members to our Film and Literature group. Some of our members had seen the earlier version filmed in 1976.
In general, people enjoyed the movie. In comparison with the earlier release it was not as bleak. The scenery was beautiful with more colour. And Storm Boy’s father was not as distant as in the earlier release. There were some changes to the original story, with Michael Kingley as a grandfather (Geoffrey Rush) telling his granddaughter (Morgan Davies) of his early life as Storm Boy.
Overall, it was a lovely story, with some good performances. The sounds of the ocean and the storms were realistic. Some good scenes showed the relationship between the grandfather and his granddaughter as he told the story of his life as Storm Boy. A couple of outstanding scenes showed the grandfather sitting beside his younger self, both contemplating the water and birdlife around them. The relationship with the aboriginal (Fingerbone) who helped Storm Boy nurture three pelicans was sensitively handled.
As with many films there is a message in the story – as Michael shows regret that he never forgave his father for sending him away to school, he is encouraging his granddaughter to talk with her father with whom she is in conflict.
Our movie for next month’s discussion is “Green Book”. This film has had some good reviews and is based on a true story set in the still racially divided southern states of America in the 60s. You can find out more about the movie on IMDb. The opening screening is at 10:30 on Friday, 22 February, and the final screening is on 5 March at 7:30pm. We will be meeting on 13 March at 1:30 in the library to discuss the film.