Boy Wonder

(2010)

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama

Review: Boy Wonder

Transcript for Review: Boy Wonder

IGNATIY:

They have multiple personalities, wear weird clothes and beat up strangers.  It is only a fine line that separates a super hero from your average psychopath 
That’s the premise of our next film BOY WONDER, which attempts to be a realistic portrayal of a crime-fighting vigilante.  Newcomer Caleb Steinmeyer stars as Sean Donovan, a brooding New York teenager who sneaks out of his house every evening in a black hoodie to attack criminals.
 
Sean’s mother was murdered when he was a kid. Now, years later, he’s a fixture at the local police station. There he befriends a newly transferred homicide detective played by Zulay Henao.
 
Unfortunately, like Sean himself, BOY WONDER has a powerful bad side: a hysterical melodramatic tone that doesn't really gel with the moody, understated vibe Morrissey is able to cultivate in other scenes. I’m sure Morrissey will direct some very good movies in the future, but this one doesn't work as a whole. I have to give it a thumbs down.
 
CHRISTY:
Thumbs down from me as well.  I guess it does feel very gritty and atmospheric in it’s Brooklyn settings, but yeah there are these big, screechy fights, and they seem to come out of nowhere.  They don’t fit at all with the rest of the understated tone.
 
IGNATIY:
Well, most the you know most of them deal with the subplot of Sean’s alcoholic father or his father is a recovering alcoholic in these flashbacks.
 
CHRISTY:
The memories of that, right.
 
IGNATIY:
Yeah, but they’re so over-the-top.  It is just like yelling and throwing things, and it doesn’t really work with the rest of the movie, which is fairly understated.  It’s brooding.
 
CHRISTY:
Yeah, this young actor who is the star kind of has this young Leonardo DiCaprio theme going at times, and the detective he works with is just flat.  There is nothing to her.  They have no chemistry, and his character; it’s kind of hard to pin him down. I mean he knows about poison and he speaks fluent Mandarin.  I mean who is this kid?
 
IGNATIY:
Well, he’s kind of a creep.
 
CHRISTY:
He is a creep.