The Doe Boy
Indie Film-making at its best
In every way this quiet, little movie is about as perfect as indie film can be. A joy to watch.
The Doe Boy (2002) Movie Review
Nor does it help to have James Duval in the title role. Despite his make-up, Duval quite frankly looks like a white guy trying to go Native and his listless performance suggests he's more than aware of his unfortunate presence in this production. There is no shortage of talented Indian actors (the versatile Adam Beach immediately comes to mind as being better suited for this role) and the producers' reluctance to cast an Indian in this role seems fairly strange in this multicultural day.
The ending of the film makes a creditable effort to pull the various thematic threads together, showing how Hunter's steps toward independence give him the opportunity to accept his past, and his family, and move on toward a life of his own. Still, I didn't feel that The Doe Boy made the necessary connections between storyline, theme, and character to make the story truly engaging.
All in all, I'd say The Doe Boy is more entertaining than thought-provoking, but it's worth seeing. Rob's rating: 7.5 of 10.
P.S. The Doe Boy trailer is ridiculously overblown--pumped up with tension as if this is an action movie. So is Doe Boy's slogan: "Heroes make their own destiny." Don't let these things fool you. Doe Boy is a lot closer to a feel-good, disease-of-the-week chick flick than it is to a searing drama like Deliverance or The Deer Hunter.