REVIEW: Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows
MAGIC, friendship, young romance, comedy and, well, more magic all mingle well in this teen franchise, and this latest movie follows that formula.
Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows picks up a year after the boys crossed dimensions, discovered magic and battled the restoring demon.
The boys have grown apart, as their personalities and lifestyles lead them to develop as very different young men.
Getting back together
But the old team is drawn together again when Felix discovers a magically-sealed Book of Shadows, which unwittingly releases a powerful force of chaos.
The situation also includes Teagan (Angourie Rice), a newcomer to town who brings all the girls together as a new unit of friends. The boys are then reluctantly drawn into a showdown that threatens their world and loved ones.
TV hit series
The hit TV series Nowhere Boys has received accolades in Australia, the USA and UK and has a massive following of pre-teen and early-teen viewers. This film serves as a link between the second and the third seasons, closing down some storylines and opening new ones.
The basic formula of the TV series is there, with a plot that is complex enough to interest teens, but not too violent, and with all sorts of young people being represented. This film stands on its own as a production based on the franchise and it feels more complex and better produced than a regular TV episode.
The script leaves enough questions to make us wonder what will happen in season three, which will air on ABC3 TV later this year.