"rather predictable and unexciting"
It's clear that Danielle Radcliffe wanted to take on something different, and what could be further away from the magical world of Hogwarts than Australia's bush and golden sands? Unfortunately the beautiful seaside is close to the only thing going for December Boys. The plot was rather predictable and unexciting, and the glowing Virgin Marry, who appears completely at random, presumably to give this film a bit of individuality, left me wondering why, exactly, I had given this movie 102 minutes of my time.
The old, grumpy fisherman, devoted to his mythical fish, was definitely the highlight, but the four orphans soon bring that to an end, leaving us with a sentimental tale. Unfortunately the characters were quite one dimensional. However, the cinematics were good, and shows us that there is a lot of good unknown Australian. Radcliffe's acting was good, although the Australian accent needed a little more work.
I tip my hat to Teresa Palmer, she is 100% convincing as the young, sexually playful woman who attracts Map's (Radcliffe) attention. She masters her body language, using suggestive stances, looks and voice, to lure the teenage orphan in. I don't think many people would go to see December Boys if it wasn't for Daniel Radcliffe. Don't expect a typical fast paced 'Hollywood' film and you might be pleasantly surprised.