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Boys in the Trees

Australia 2016
produced by
John Molloy, Jon Adgemis (executive), Michael Gudinski (executive), Ian Kirk (executive), Kevin Maloney (executive), Mick Molloy (executive), Mark Morrissey (executive) for Mushroom Pictures
directed by Nicholas Verso
starring Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann, Justin Holborow, Henry Reimer Meaney, Jayden Lugg, Tom Russell, Patrick Gilbert, Wendy Rule, Trevor Jamieson, Ezra Barry, Elle Rogers, Winta McGrath, Terence Crawford, Elio Pagliarulo, Georgie Brinkworth, Amalia Krueger
written by Nicholas Verso, music by Shinjuku Thief, Darrin Verhagen

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's Halloween, which in Australia also leans towards the end of the school year. It's Corey's (Toby Wallace) last year of high school before he plans to study photography in New York City, much to the dismay of his friends who don't want to lose him. Corey it has to be mentioned is one of the cool guys, hanging out with Jango (Justin Holborow) and his gang of skaters. Thing is, Jango's not necessarily an all-around nice kid, he uses his popularity to get others around to his way of thinking, and he has a habit of bullying - especially Jonah (Gulliver McGrath), who has been Corey's best friend back in the days before he felt the need to be cool. But this Halloween, Jango takes it a step too far, leading to Corey trying to rekindle his friendship with Jonah - and they soon start playing a Halloween-themed game, that somehow lost its innocence now that they're not little boys anymore ...

 

A very atmospheric movie that translates its coming-of-age story into a horror-like context - but that fails to click. Basically the film's story just isn't strong enough and is riddled with clichés and narrative shortcuts, resulting in a film that tries too hard to tell an all too familiar story in a pseudo-original way. On top of that, the film also lacks the narrative ingenuity of keeping one interested throughout, resulting in ... something that looks good but lacks substance. Also, the insistence to place the story in the mid-1990s does result in a cool soundtrack but adds exactly nothing to the on-screen goings-on.

 

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