Jasper Jones 2017
1h 45min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 2 March 2017 (Australia)
JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.
I enjoyed Jasper Jones especially the lead performances by Levi Miller as Charlie Bucktin , Aaron L McGrath as Jasper Jones ,Jeffrey Lu as Charlie’s best mate and Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving but in my opinion it missed being a much better movie .
I must read the book hopefully it will answer the questions the movie leaves up in the air such as why Jasper goes to Charlie for help when he’s never spoken to him previously? I may be wrong but I suspect readers of the book may be disappointed not in the actors but in the Production of this movie.
I think it needed a better Director and production crew. A few obvious gaffs were Charlie suddenly wearing a pair of sandals after climbing out of his window barefoot? and the cut on his face suddenly disappearing overnight, these are trivial things I know but points to bad editing and attention to details and this story deserved more. In summary very entertaining and enjoyable but a little frustrating and plot puzzling.
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writers: Shaun Grant, Craig Silvey (story)
Stars: Angourie Rice, Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Levi Miller
Release Date: 2 March 2017 (Australia)