The New Boy 2023 480p WEB-DL x264

movieSeptember 12, 2023
In 1940s Australia, a 9-year-old aboriginal orphan boy arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery run by a renegade nun, and his presence disturbs its delicately balanced world.
IMDb Rating
1h 56min
Top Review

Australian director Warwick Thornton is known for his works on Sweet Country and Samson and Delilah as Thornton has proven himself on being a good filmmaker on Australian cinema. I'm going to be honest, I really love the first hour of this movie but unfortunately, despite good intentions and gorgeous camerawork, the film weakens with it's convoluted themes and weak narrative. Throughout, the camerawork is absolutely gorgeous alongside with the soundtrack from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis which provided a good atmosphere of the Australian landscapes. Every single shot and sound design felt real and added a great atmopshere for the movies tone and setting. The performances from the cast members are pretty good especially Aswan Reid as his performance was strong and held up throughout the film. Narrative wise, the narrative explores interesting themes and concepts and while it's clear what intentions the narrative is going for, it unfortunately does hold strong. Mainly because the narrative explores themes that don't feel fully developed and it felt the concepts were sometimes going all over the place. The dialogue from the characters were okay and the characters, while offer some interesting aspects about them, they weren't able to feel fully connectable. I understand what the characters intentions and what Thornton is trying to explore but the issue is that it feels undeveloped. The production designs is beautiful. The pacing could use some improvements. As mentioned, the first hour was really strong with some interesting themes and ideas explored within the character and setting. But the rest half begins to feel lost and at times tedious with it's uneven pacing and style. Overall, despite these flaws, I still found the film to be ambitious for the most part. Good intentions that just needs some more work.

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Cast Overview
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Aswan Reid
  • Deborah Mailman
File Size
416.0 MB
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