Storm Boy Movie Review

Storm Boy is a tender and beautiful movie that the whole family will love.

Storm Boy Movie Review

I have never read the book or watched the other movie, but my family enjoyed this movie.  The story is based on a classic Australian tale of a boy who grew up living on the beach with his father and raised three orphaned pelicans.  One pelican, Mr. Percival, stayed close with the boy who raised him.

This movie is a simple tale of a boy and his pelican.  There are no fancy fight scenes, nothing gets blown up, just love between a boy and his pet.

The movie was slow at the beginning, but once the story of Storm Boy begins to unfold it’s captivating and everyone will enjoy the tale.  Geoffrey Rush (Kingley) is great in this role and totally opposite character from his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (which is how my kids recognized him).

Storm Boy Movie Review

Official Synopsis: A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale. ‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, 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. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, 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.

Storm Boy Movie Review

There are scenes of hunting and the movie doesn’t have a completely happy ending that most US audiences are used to.  While the over all story ends happily, some younger kids (heck, even me) might be affected by the loss of one of the characters.

Storm Boy opens nationwide Friday (4/5/19)!

Rated PG, Run Time 109 minutes

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Disclaimer: I received a screener copy of this movie.