Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

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Jasper Jones

Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Levi Miller (Pan) and Aaron McGrath (Around the Block) lead this adaptation of the award-winning coming-of-age Australian novel by Craig Silvey.

In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means to be truly courageous.

2017Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language105 minsAustralia
DramaMysteryThriller
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A jolly romp with a dark secret

There are lots of secrets in Corrigan, Western Australia in 1969 and young Charlie Bucktin gets to know far too many of them, starting with Jasper Jones's secret. From a time when kids roamed the town on bikes during the day and wandered the forest at night. This is a jolly romp with a very dark secret at its heart. It is a beautiful film and I felt that I...

5.0
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A coming-of-age, thriller and rom-com mashup that looks at dysfunctional lives in an Aussie country town.

The classic Aussie country town thriller is a genre of its own with familiar ingredients that vary only in how they are mixed. Jasper Jones (2017) nestles into this space, blending a coming-of-age melodrama, romantic-comedy and a thriller mystery. By throwing in every genre ingredient it found in the pantry, success might seem assured … but maybe not. The...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

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Centred on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey's novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences.

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Time Out

Time Out

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...its diversions away from the murder plotline get increasingly frustrating, and the ending is maddeningly inconclusive. On the plus side, the acting is superb.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Perkins, finding the sweet spot between childish goofiness and adult drama, keeps things fleet, funny, and just the right side of suspenseful; tonally, the film is a match for any Spielbergian 80s coming-of-age classic.

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The Australian

The Australian

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Miller beautifully portrays the uncertainties and sensitivities of a young small-town teenager, while Rice radiates youth and grace.

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Stuff

Stuff

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Director Rachel Perkins again does a terrific job of evoking a sense of space and place.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Levi Miller turns in his best work to date.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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...almost effortlessly swings between the summer fuelled frivolity of youth and the oppression of adulthood.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

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[Director Rachel Perkins] must maintain the sense of threat and danger without being too explicit. For the most part, she succeeds, supported by strong performances from a seasoned cast.

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Variety

Variety

press

Centred on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey's novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

...its diversions away from the murder plotline get increasingly frustrating, and the ending is maddeningly inconclusive. On the plus side, the acting is superb.

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Perkins, finding the sweet spot between childish goofiness and adult drama, keeps things fleet, funny, and just the right side of suspenseful; tonally, the film is a match for any Spielbergian 80s coming-of-age classic.

0
The Australian

The Australian

press

Miller beautifully portrays the uncertainties and sensitivities of a young small-town teenager, while Rice radiates youth and grace.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Director Rachel Perkins again does a terrific job of evoking a sense of space and place.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Levi Miller turns in his best work to date.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...almost effortlessly swings between the summer fuelled frivolity of youth and the oppression of adulthood.

0
Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

[Director Rachel Perkins] must maintain the sense of threat and danger without being too explicit. For the most part, she succeeds, supported by strong performances from a seasoned cast.

0

A jolly romp with a dark secret

There are lots of secrets in Corrigan, Western Australia in 1969 and young Charlie Bucktin gets to know far too many of them, starting with Jasper Jones's secret. From a time when kids roamed the town on bikes during the day and wandered the forest at night. This is a jolly romp with a very dark secret at its heart. It is a beautiful film and I felt that...

5.0
0

A coming-of-age, thriller and rom-com mashup that looks at dysfunctional lives in an Aussie country town.

The classic Aussie country town thriller is a genre of its own with familiar ingredients that vary only in how they are mixed. Jasper Jones (2017) nestles into this space, blending a coming-of-age melodrama, romantic-comedy and a thriller mystery. By throwing in every genre ingredient it found in the pantry, success might seem assured … but maybe...

3.0
0