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Blueback 2023 Movie Review
“Blueback” is a story about Abby, a child who befriends a magnificent wild blue groper while diving. When Abby realizes that the fish is under threat, she takes inspiration from her activist Mum, Dora, and takes on poachers to save her friend. Tim Winton novel called “Blueback” was a book I read as a child and I remember enjoying it quite a lot. Director Robert Connolly clearly has talent on directing and camerawork as this movie has really amazing camerawork of the Oceania landscapes and some cool underwater sequences. Each scenes that shows the fishes, reefs and ocean grounds were beautiful and felt like you are inside of the ocean and experiencing it. Unfortunately the film falls onto the example of style over substance as the film carries a disjointed narrative and unreliable structure.
I understand the purpose of each characters arches but the film doesn’t do a great job on developing the characters as the characters didn’t feel properly fleshed out. The performances were pretty good but they weren’t really able to carry the film due to the lack of character development and poor structure of the story. Many themes of environmentalism and save the ocean are explored but Connolly doesn’t seem to understand how to approach these topics properly and they fell all over the place. For a children’s film, the film does take a very long time to get to the point and from someone who enjoys slow pace films, Blueback doesn’t feel very earned.
The runtime doesn’t feel justified as there were several moments that felt like filler, some of the dialogue was pretty bad and the disjointed execution doesn’t help to make the film interesting. Winton’s books are pretty interesting and have chances to be adapted into films but Blueback isn’t one of the good adaptations unfortunately. Overall, there are great camerawork and production throughout but the positives are overshadowed by it’s negatives.