Based on the classic Michael Noonan novel, “December Boys” is a story of four orphan teenagers growing up behind the closed doors of a catholic convent in outback Australia during the 1960s. As the boys watch younger kids get adopted by loving families, they begin to realize that as they get older, their turn may never come. When the convent sends the boys to visit the seaside one summer, they finally have something to look forward to. While at the seaside, the boys meet a young couple unable to have children, who would make the perfect parents. The eldest of the boys, Maps, finds himself drawn to Lucy, a beautiful girl from down the coast. Competing to be the most adoptable, the rest of the boys, Sparks, Misty and Spit, severely test their friendships as long gestating feelings of rejection explode to the surface. The bonds of friendship eventually overcome the rivalries, sealing forever the strong ties that bind the December boys as they learn the real meaning behind friendship, family and love.
Cast: (in credits order)
Daniel Radcliffe … Maps
Teresa Palmer … Lucy
Christian Byers … Spark
Lee Cormie … Misty
James Fraser … Spit
Jack Thompson … Bandy McAnsh
Kris McQuade … Mrs. ‘Skipper’ McAnsh
Suzie Wilks … Prospective parent
Victoria Hill … Teresa
Sullivan Stapleton … Fearless
Ralph Cotterill … Shellback, the Fisherman
Frank Gallacher … Father Scully
I’m sure it will bring about curiosity as to why the movie was called December Boys. The reason’s quite simple, and will be the first thing explained during the first few scenes.
Not a complicated movie, the plot was simple yet unique in its own way. It can’t be helped to follow the lives of the 4 orphan boys searching something and finding what has always been there. I thought there will be anger or despise amongst them that will create stir or cause them to break up or something, as the movie caption suggests… but there was none. Since all the other actors were unfamiliar for me it can’t be helped to notice Dan Radcliffe alone. This being a movie out of the Harry Potter series, he did quite a great job playing a more mature role. I guess I can say I’ve never seen him act as good as he did playing the role of Maps on this one. May this be a great opportunity for him to prove that he can be a character other than Harry Potter.
The ending was satisfactory enough as well, and it can touch every emotional heart be it shallow or deep. I think it would be nice to hear that it’s not much of a tearjerker, but instead a compelling drama about friendship ties and the power of love acting in the most critical circumstance.