“Storm Boy” Flies Into Theaters This Spring

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“Storm Boy” is a witty new retelling of Colin Thiele’s 1964 novel of the same name. “Storm Boy” takes place on the southern coast of Australia, specifically in Coorong National Park. It tells the tale of a young boy, Michael, living with his father in a secluded shack on Coorong Beach. Michael is distraught when he discovers that so many of Coorong’s native pelicans are being killed by hunters, so he takes three orphaned baby pelicans under his wing to raise them. Michael then meets an Aboriginal man from the beach who helps with the upbringing of the pelicans and becomes a family friend.

One aspect I enjoyed about this movie was how the story was told from Michael’s point of view to his granddaughter, Madeline, in the current day. It made the plot more interesting, and the flashbacks helped give context to the movie. Although the plot was consistent and the story was clearly told, there were a couple confusing things about this film. First of all, the family tree was a bit complicated to me. Michael lost several family members mentioned in the movie, and it was puzzling as to his exact relationship to all these departed people. After thinking about it for a while, it began to seem more apparent as to who was who within the family structure. The other question I have about this film is why it was called “Storm Boy” at all, and not “Bird Boy” or “Pelican Boy.” Throughout the movie, there were no moments in which Michael’s nickname “Storm Boy” made sense — until all was revealed at the movie’s conclusion. Despite these minor issues, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and I believe that “Storm Boy” is a family-friendly film you should see.