Writer / Director: Dan Castle
Stars: Lachlan Buchanan, Xavier Samuel, and Reshad Strik
IMDb Summary: Seventeen year old Jesse lives in the shadow of his older brother Victor’s failure to become surfing’s Next Big Thing. Even when he’s in his natural habitat of magnificent surf breaks, his blue-collar future is brought home by the coal barges that constantly line his horizon. Jesse has the natural skills to surf his way out of this reality and onto the international circuit but can he overcome his equally natural ability to sabotage himself? A momentous weekend away with his mates that includes first love and tragedy leads him to discover what’s really important, and also to the performance of a lifetime.
- Not your standard coming-of-age story
- Xavier Dolan performance
- Completely misleading Netflix image (above)
- Family relationships are not made clear until the end of the film
- Coal container ship symbolism is a bit obtuse
- Excessive use of slow-motion surfing shots
Review: Newcastle has potential but fails to deliver. The main flaw is the films attempt to tell both brothers stories instead of just focusing on one. Both story arcs are underdeveloped and rushed.
Grade = C-