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Jasper Jones (2017)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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.

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There's a discussion of Spider-Man between Charlie and Jeffrey in the opening scene. Angourie Rice, who plays Eliza, appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is also released in 2017. See more »

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When Charlie first jumps out his window to go with Jasper, he is barefoot and doesn't have any sandals on. Then when they arrive at the tree by the river, Jasper suddenly has sandals on. See more »

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It could have been great...
16 July 2017 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This should have been a riveting story but it was actually limp. The story is important. It could have perhaps been saved had the director gone for realism.

For instance, in 1969, no small town Aussie kid spoke as if they were straight out of a preppie school in Britain. I might have forgiven this massive oversight if perhaps the parents of the said children were all Oxford professors but no, Toni Collette knew how to be her Australian best as did every other adult in the film, but somehow the kids, including the young Indigenous man, flopped into this small pint pot of a place with plums in their gobs. This set me on edge immediately. Get it real or forget it.

Too uneven to be enjoyable. The opening scenes are wonderfully iconic of country Australia in the era but that's where the realism ends.

All important topics utterly wasted: The effects of racism, incest, teen suicide, parents betraying their children and behaving badly... this could seriously have been a brilliant piece but I'll forget it as soon as I've finished this review. Except for the irritation of small town kids in 1969 speaking like private school kids from 2017.


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