Movie Review: Boy Choir
Boy Choir reveals the life of an angry child. Stet was born to a damaged woman who eventually died in a road traffic accident. He was a boy with an excellent voice to the knowledge of his School Mistress.
The School Mistress attempted to introduce Stet to the National Boy Choir’s Music Principal but the boy ran away from school only to see his mum in an accident that led to her death. Stet’s Father showed up at the funeral with no intention of accommodating Stet because he had another family and didn’t want his new family to know he had Stet or his mother elsewhere. With no one else to stay with, the School Mistress advised Stet’s Father to enrol him in the American National Boy Choir Academy instead of leaving him in foster care.
He was almost rejected by the National Boy Choir Academy coordinators but for his Father’s insistence. Stet was finally admitted to the National Academy Boy Choir but his anger often got the better part of him and this didn’t help his reputation.
While other music teachers complained of his lack of basic knowledge in music, there was a young man/teacher who believed in Stet’s musical prowess and his demanding Music Director challenged him to maximise his music potential. Being in the academy motivated Stet and he sought to get better. He even made an alliance with his mate to privately teach him music rudiments.
Even though Stet’s music potential improved; his anger, rebellious attitude was still evidential in him and his Music Director, Carvelle wasn’t ready to condone it, he said “Behaviour is the issue. A good voice is not enough”. After some stern talk between Carvelle and Stet, Stet was given a chance to audition into the touring choir and he did excellently well. He was promoted from the training choir to the touring choir. Stet became a well behaved and exceptional music student.
He became one of Carvelle’s best students and they had different private sessions that were revealing, didactic and really encouraging. The part of their student-teacher relationship that I loved was when Carvelle prevented Stet’s father from withdrawing Stet from the music academy. Stet’s father wanted to prevent his wife and two daughters from the knowledge that he had a son. Carvelle promised Stet’s father to help him achieve his secrecy while Stet remained in the music academy.
Devon, one of the lead vocalists, saw Stet as a threat and played different emotional pranks on Stet . The most grievous one was when he emptied Stet’s musical booklet at a big musical competition that he was not able to sing because his vocal cords were strained and Stet had to replace him.
There were remarkable scenes in the movie, one of them was when the academy’s Head Mistress rejected Carvelle’s stance to quit as the Music Director when the Academy was four weeks to winning a grand national music competition. The woman portrayed the dynamics of good leadership.
A joyful scene was watching the National Boy Choir sing Handel’s Halleluyah chorus as Stet beautifully sang as the lead vocalist while Carvelle conducted the boys with joy and pride. It was a glorious performance that earned the American National Boy Choir Academy the needed recognition. The movie ended more beautifully as Stet honorably left the music academy into higher musical school with recommendation notes from Carvelle ‘To whom it may concern, Stet is the best student I have ever taught’. Isn’t that beautiful?
Stet’s father also introduced Stet as his son to his wife. It was such a beautiful ending to see how love won and discipline converted an angry child to a loving one. Boy Choir is a good movie that makes you feel good with the knowledge that the time spent watching the movie was not wasted.
Hope you enjoyed the movie review as much as I did. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Je t’aime mon ami