With the modest help of eight 20- to 24-minute mini-episodes, The Boy Somewhere (Channel 4 / All 4), showing with double bills on consecutive nights since Monday and also featuring available as a box on All 4, it is practically delighting viewers to watch it.
are not. Resist the hungry temptation to rush through it and move on to the next thing. Otherwise, you’ll just hate yourself in the morning. Making a Nancy Reagan: Only. Speak. No.
This something special, this unusual, this utterly captivating deserves due attention. Make two if you want, but don’t waste one of the year’s best and most intriguing series.
It was a standout television piece, made all the more remarkable by the fact that its writer, Pete Jackson, was the first viewer of the film. This is a TV debut for sure.
Has the faintest echo of Emma O’Donoghue Room in the basic premise of a child raised in isolation from the outside world, but The boy somewhere going in a very different direction
Lewis Gribben plays Danny, an 18-year-old who has spent most of his life in a secluded house in the countryside with his father Steve (Rory Keenan). Danny never even ventured outside the building. Steve convinced him that he was protecting him from “monsters” in general.
Then a tragedy occurs: Steve takes his own life and Danny finds himself dragged out of the only home he’s ever really known and into what we call the real world.
He goes to live with his father’s kind and compassionate older sister Sue (Lisa McGrillis) and her family, including her son Aaron (Samuel Bottomly), who is about Danny’s age and is unhappy. about this strange, protected new appearance.
“I didn’t know I would have to share a room with a complete psychiatrist,” he complained to Sue. However, we found out pretty early on that Aaron is not what he likes people to think of him.
Behind the courage and initial hostility he displays to his cousin, he is shy, insecure and a bit out of place himself.
On a grueling trip to the pub to watch football with his so-called friends, it becomes evident to the naive but surprisingly knowledgeable Danny, that Aaron is not. yes any friends. He was just desperately trying to fit in with the pack.
This will create a deep bond with anyone raising a shy, sensitive, anxious child or really anyone. to be a shy, sensitive, or anxious child.
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For Danny, the world is a strange place, exciting and exciting, confusing and scary at the same time. The most mundane things – traffic lights, highway bridges, terraced houses – are a source of awe and sometimes fear.
Porn, on the other hand, is greeted with confusion (“Is this what people do?”) quickly followed by curiosity.
We learn about Danny’s life with his father through flashbacks, going back to his childhood. The two of them spent the evening watching Steve’s old collection of black and white movies (Casablanca is a fan, so you can’t fault his taste for sure) and listen to his old country and jazz records.
Occasionally, Steve would venture out to find supplies. He plays very well wearing a crash helmet and carrying a baseball bat. In one scene, he smears rabbit blood on his face before returning home, to let pre-teen Danny know he’s encountering one of the “monsters”.
Why did Steve raise his son this way? Was it overprotective or did he have a breakdown? What happened to Danny’s mother? Who did Steve call from a phone box just before killing himself? How much does Sue really know about what’s going on and why?
The boy somewhere slowly exploit its secrets. That doesn’t mean it’s slow moving. The pacing is just perfect. All the performances were great, but especially the performance of the two young leads. Consider the friendship between Danny and Aaron as one of the most satisfying factors.
There’s certainly no shortage of elements: thrillers, coming-of-age stories, domestic dramas, home movies, gothic chilling movies, even some comedies. It may not be classifiable, but in the best possible way.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-reviews/somewhere-boy-review-secrets-and-lies-abound-in-a-captivating-drama-42074687.html Somewhere Boy review: Secrets and lies abound in one gripping drama