Thursday, April 2, 2009

"December Boys" (a late review) ;p

Just this morning, I remembered seeing the movie "December Boys" in the list of movies to be played on HBO in the past weeks. That time, I also remembered anticipating for this particular movie when I saw it in the trailers at the cinemas last year. Syempre, nandun si Harry Potter eh! (Daniel Radcliffe). I don't remember why I missed watching that movie when I was so excited about it even months before it was supposed to be playing on the cinemas.

To kill the boredom, I took the chance to watch it online. I already can't wait for HBO to play it. So here it goes:

The story started in the orphanage where the boys were living. It was an orphanage exclusively for boys. The four boys were named "December boys" for they were all born on the month of December as the name suggests. The boys are also individually known as "Misty", "Spit", "Spark" and "Maps"(Daniel, my idol!). Maps is the oldest of the boys and Misty is the youngest. The boys in the orphanage all dream of being adopted or saved one day.

December 1 comes and the four were recogized by the nun in front of the other boys. They were given small presents and were called in an office. There came the bigger surprise. The four were given the privilege to go on a holiday, on a beach!!! Thrilled, they journeyed into a very unfamiliar place. They went to the circus shows and met different friendly people. The old couple who took care of them were also kind.

Maps, who was in his adolescent years, was the most adventurous and the one who was easily tempted among the four. A girl about his age played along with him affectionately. She gave his first, and maybe the last, experiences on relationship. All came well for maps until Lucy had gone. Maps also felt upset and betrayed as he discovered more of the man in their neighbor who happens to be a potential poster parent to one of the boys. Raged, Maps immediately went looking for the three others and told them to pack-up. But Misty was the one who really wanted to be adopted. The three boys all wanted to be adopted. The scene ended up with the boys going on separate directions. But an incident made them go running back on the sea-side. Misty was drowning but Spit and Spark were too young to swim and rescue him. Maps went for the rescue after hearing Spit and Sparks' shouts. Under the water, Misty and Maps saw the image of Mother Mary glowing deep into the waters. Misty and Maps made up after the incident.

The time for them to go came. It was also time to know who will be adopted. Maps is betting on Misty. Spark and Spit still hopes to be adopted. Maps doesn't want to be adopted. The couple in their neighborhood decided to adopt Misty. Anyway, he was the one who was working very hard to show the couple he deserved to be adopted. Maps was very happy for him. The two other accepted it. Maps left Misty a lovely line for a goodbye, "Just remember Misty, no matter wha, you're still a DECEMBER BOY..." (I really loved that line!!! Almost cried but pulled back the tears...)

Then Misty seemed to realize how important his friends were to him. He told the couple, "I don't want you to be mad at me but I can't stay. If I was ever gonna be adopted, you're the best parents I'd ever have. And that's not a lie. (;p) But I've already got a family." as he looked at the three other december boys. In the end they were a real family after all. They bid the old couples goodbye and went on with their lives.

After some years, Misty went back to meet with Spark and Spit at the same beach. He brought with him Maps' ashes. Maps became a priest and went on a mission to help the Africans. Before he had gone, he wrote to Misty. Misty, Spark and Spit all took handfuls of his ashes and threw them to the air above the waters.

I totally love this movie not just because Daniel Radcliffe was there; although he portrayed an amazing role there. I love how the story wonderfully reflected the lives of kids going on their adolescence. It was also amazing how the movie pictured the lives of orphans who long for the love of parents. Nice movie! I highly recommend it to everyone!!!