Monday, August 3, 2015

Boys - Another Amazing Movie - My Thoughts

Since I've been taking off Fridays from the Gym to recoup and still getting up at 6am (stupid internal clock). I had about three and a half hours to kill before work so I continued my movie watching from last night.

Up first was another five star movie (according the Netflix) called Boys. BOYS (Jongens) tells the story of Sieger, a sporty, rather quiet 15-year-old boy who discovers love during the summer holidays. Sieger is training in the new athletics team for the national relay championships and meets the intriguing and unpredictable Marc. The friendship that develops seems nothing out of the ordinary, but Sieger secretly harbours stronger feelings for Marc. He engages in a lonely struggle with himself when it emerges that Marc is also in love with him. Events soon take on a momentum of their own as Sieger quickly becomes involved with Jessica. Sieger struggles with what his heart wants but what but his mind is telling him. It becomes increasingly more difficult to deny his feelings for Marc.

This movie is from the Netherlands and came out last year. Like with The Way He Looks it also had English subtitles. And also just like with The Way He Looks I really enjoyed this movie. Not as much as The Way He Looks but it's definitely in my top 10 of "gay" themed movies and top 5 coming of age movies. This movie took a different approach to a gay teen dealing with his emerging sexuality. Sieger pushes down those feelings, he begins dating a girl to mimic his best friend.

There is some very sweet scenes of Marc and Sieger at a pond horsing around until they final kiss for the first time. And later there this great moment when their at Marc's house playing with his sister and you can just see the love Marc has for Sieger.

Unlike The Way He Looks, Boys has a bit more conflict. Sieger is with his girlfriend at a fair and Marc shows up only to be given the cold shoulder. The look on Marcs face is devastating (and just breaks your heart), but that's nothing compared to one of the final scenes when Sieger is with his brother and their girlfriends and come upon Marc who is just broken hearted because Sieger promised to meet him at the pond but didn't. Sieger pushes Marc aside so the car can get by but minutes later is in tears and jumps out of the car and goes home.

The last scene has Sieger with his family and friend when his dad ask if he's okay.. he replies with No and then takes his brothers moped and the last shot of the film is Sieger riding into the sunset with Marc on the back.

It's a great ending but I would have liked to have seen the reconciliation of the two. Marc looked devastated when Sieger pushed him on the road and I would have liked to see them reconnect.

I give Boys a solid A, it's a fun, sweet and heartwarming at times.. but also heartwrenching.

So I still have an hour and a half to kill so guess what I watched.. yep.. The Way He Looks. You can check out my extended blog post about his amazing movie HERE.

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