The film ‘Storm Boy’ is based on a novella by Colin Thiele, of the same name. Hailed as a classic for children, the book has been used as a tool to educate children in Australian schools for decades. It has helped teach generations of children about respect and love towards animals and aboriginal communities in Australia.
The cast of ‘Storm Boy’ includes actors such a Geoffrey Rush – a veteran in the industry. However, not even a big name has managed to save the film. In short, the film opens with Geoffrey Rush sitting on the cusp of a big deal with a mining company. If he agrees, the company will pillage his ancestral land, destroying ecosystems and killing wildlife. His granddaughter urges him to reconsider and while he does so, he tells her a story about his childhood.
The film shifts between scenes of Michael (Rush) as a child and his experiences growing up on an isolated piece of land by the ocean – which the mining company now threatens to destroy. The central plot of the film focusses on his relationship with a pelican he adopts as a child and how the bird teaches him to love and show compassion.
Despite the film’s core focus being on hope, love, family and a love for animals, the film’s writing does not capture the essence of the novella subtly and falls flat as compared to the original film, adapted in 1976.