Thursday, April 4, 2019

Storm Boy is a Beautiful, Contemporary Retelling of Colin Thielle’s Beloved Novella of the Same Name, Hitting Theaters, Tomorrow, April 5th #StormBoy (Review)

Disclosure:  I was provided with a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

As part of our homeschool studies, we have been studying Australia.  So, when I heard that "Storm Boy" was releasing, I reached out to see if I could screen the movie before it releases into theaters tomorrow.  We were sent a link to watch the movie, and yesterday, the girls and I watched this heartwarming family-friendly movie, and did a bunch of activities and worksheets centered around the movie. 

In addition to being sent the movie screener, I was also provided with a teacher's guide, which gave me wonderful ideas and lessons to do with the girls before, during and after the film.  I started off by having the girls watch the movie trailer with me to see what the movie was about, and then they colored a few coloring sheets of the little boy and the pelican.  Then, we settled in and watched the movie, taking notes about fun facts we learned about Australia and pelicans as we watched the movie. The girls also noted their favorite parts in the film, so that we could discuss at the end.

Be warned, if you cry easily at movies, you will want to have a box of tissues ready.  Both my youngest and myself, were teary eyed throughout the film.  And, when we talked about our favorite scenes or scenes that stood out in the film, we found our eyes filling up again, as we talked about the relationship between the boy and the pelican.  Even though this movie does pull at your heartstrings, it really is well made, and worth watching with the whole family.  Kids and adults will love the story line, and you will find yourself getting pulled in from the start, as you try and decipher the childhood flashbacks Kingley is seeing, and how this has made him the man he is today.  He has to relive his past, which he has seemed to tried so hard to forgot, in order to find peace with your life, and the relationships you have with those around.

It really was touching to see the special bond that the boy and the orphaned pelican had.  He never gave up on the pelican, and this showed with his unconditional friendship with the pelican.  My girls had a hard time choosing their favorite parts as they said they were all great.  They did say, however, that they loved the scenes showing the boy and pelican forming a bond/friendship, and loved how the boy wanted to help the orphaned pelican.  It was amazing to see him raising it and the pelican growing and following him all around.  Really sweet, actually.  I think this is why the movie was so touching.  You don't accept a strong bond between a human and pelican, but this is what came about when Kingley rescued and then raised the orphaned pelican.

I could go on and on about how great this movie was.  But, instead, I just wanted to make sure you had it on your radar in case you were looking to bring the family to the movies this weekend.  Like I said, "Storm Boy" arrives in select theaters tomorrow, and it definitely a movie not to be missed.  Even though we screened this movie at home, my girls are asking to go to the movies so that we can see it on the big screen.  The locations where this movie were shot really are stunning.  I found myself wishing I was walking along the shore, with the waves crashing up onto the sand.  It was so tranquil, and definitely some place I would love to travel someday.

Here is more about "Storm Boy" including the official movie trailer, as well as a list of market locations this movie is releasing to starting tomorrow.  In addition to taking the girls to see this movie on the big screen, I have already told them I would note it and keep an eye out for it when it arrives on DVD, so that we can pick and own, and watch time and again.  This is one of those movies you will not grow tired of, and that are perfect to watch when you want to get the family together to watch a wholesome movie.


"Michael 'Storm Boy' Kingley (Geoffrey Rush) has grown up to be a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father (Jai Courtney). He recounts to his granddaughter the story of how, as a boy (Finn Little), he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr.Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship."

Theatrical Release Date: Begins April 5, 2019, in select cities
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Tampa, Boston, Washington D.C., Miami, Phoenix, Denver, Sacramento, Seattle, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Kansas City, Orlando
Distribution CompanyGood Deed Entertainment

Directed By: Shawn Seet
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Finn Little, David Gulpilil, Erik Thomson, Morgana Davies

Follow the "Storm Boy" movie on their social channels below:

Facebook: @StormBoyMovie

Disclosure:  I was provided with a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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