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Boy Wonder (as seen at MIFFF)

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Boy Wonder 2010Michael MorrisseyMichael MorrisseyCaleb Steinmeyer,James Russo,Zulay Henao,Bill Sage,Tracy Middendorf,John Sharian,Roberta Wallach,Nichole Patrick,Jim Devoti,Daniel Stewart Sherman,Alex Manette Bitter,Bitterometer,meter Boy Wonder(2010)
 

"Boy Wonder" was a bit of a surprise for me when it played at MIFFF this year. I had been told it was good, but sometimes with independent films good means "Good, if you forgive the low budget, not-so-great performances and [insert one or two of a dozen other reasons here]. Thankfully, "Boy Wonder" suffers from none of these.

The storyline for this film is of a young man who suffered the loss of his mother at the hands of street thugs and decides to pull a poor man's Batman/Daredevil and make other street thugs, drug dealers and pimps pay the price for it. He has no gadgets, no utility belt or mansion. He's just a sharp young man with a burning desire to avenge the death of his mother and save anyone/everyone from what could be a similar fate to his own.

First off, the casting is about as good as you can cast an independent film. Everyone except two bit part actors, that don't really matter anyway, give performances that are very well handled. Every cast member embraces his or her character with an honesty that's refreshing.

The star of the show, Caleb Steinmeyer, is someone to look out for. He manages to portray exactly what was intended on paper. He's easy to connect with even if you don't agree with what he is doing or his methods. While he is typically quite smaller than his enemies he really proves that someone with such a fire burning inside that he could take down any giant.

The main police officer, Tereasa Ames (Zulay Henao), and he partner, Gary Stenson (Daniel Stewart Sherman) have a great relationship and inject some good humor into the film without ever really looking like that's what they are after. The easy the subtle humor in a matter of fact way that makes it even funnier because you buy it as an honest comment. Name is not all fun and games though. She’s an detective earning her badge as best she can and struggling with her own personal issues as well.

The screenplay is very tight. All the components tie together neatly, the twists come as a surprise and we are left to consider and interpret all the right things when all is said and done. You never have time to get bored and it draws you into the characters, so that you actually care what happens to them.

In the end this is a film that Hollywood should really pick up for distribution. If this movie goes without a mainstream release then Hollywood is proving once again that it's interest is purely money and cowardice. They would sacrifice anything (think quality of writing, acting and proper direction) to get it.

Seriously, file a non-commercial release of this film as a Hollywood fail of major proportions!

Fun side note:
The producer of "Boy Wonder" as seen at MIFFF (left) on our twitter here.

Trailer:

Official website:
Boy Wonder

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Credits:
Directed by: Michael Morrissey
Written by: Michael Morrissey
Cast: Caleb Steinmeyer, James Russo, Zulay Henao, Bill Sage, Tracy Middendorf, John Sharian, Roberta Wallach, Nichole Patrick, Jim Devoti, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Alex Manette


Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
John Rojas on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 3:50pm

Is the director related to...Morrissey? :p

JAS on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 9:16am

I don't think so, but that would only add to his coolness. :)

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