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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Film Review

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Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a tough pre-teen who has been in and out of foster homes and finally, is given his last chance with Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Hec (Sam Neill). One thing leads to another, and Ricky and Hec end up living in the wilds of New Zealand with a man hunt chasing them.

Director Taika Waititi did the most wonderful and fantastic film Boy just a few years ago, and this has that similar effect of gently pulling your heartstrings whilst making you laugh A LOT. It’s a great film, Ricky is fabulous, as is Sam Neill (no surprise there) but for me, the highlight was Rima Te Wiata. She’s adorable, very funny and ace, and I want to see her in more, please.

 

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Film Review

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It must be true that vampires don’t all live in glamorous locations like New Orleans or overcast mountainous towns that allow them to exist during the day (against all known vampire rules). Some probably live in Wellington, New Zealand. And why wouldn’t they become the focus of a documentary?

A camera crew, protected with crucifixes and promises that they won’t be eaten, follow a group of vampires as they go through daily life dealing with problems with flatmates, finding victims and preparing for a ball.

I loved it. I’d been expecting a light comedy with plenty of mentions of vampires and vampiric activity, but I was delighted with some hilariously gruesome scenes. Very silly and totally enjoyable.

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Eagle vs Shark (2007) Film Review

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Lily (Loren Horsley) is an odd girl who works in a fast food store in a city in New Zealand and has a huge crush on Jarrod (Germaine Clement), an equally odd character. After proving herself a worthy competitor on a computer game, they end up dating. Jarrod takes Lily back to his home town, but things don’t go as smoothly as she hoped.

It’s quirky and weird, and the characters are all a little strange, but not enough to grab me. Really, I didn’t mind it, but I did get a bit bored. The story kind of didn’t really go anywhere, and I had little investment. Some of the odd storylines, such as Jarrod wanting to fight the guy who had bullied him at school, weren’t bad, but were dragged out too long to keep my interest. Plus, there were funny parts, but nothing that truly made me laugh.

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Boy (2010) FIlm Review

 

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Boy is an eleven-year-old New Zealand boy who lives with his grandmother and a bunch of his cousins and waits for his father to return from a spell in prison. His father returns whilst his grandmother is away for a funeral and turns their world around.

I remember this coming out in cinemas a few years ago and hearing rave reviews, but for some reason, I thought it was going to be a deep, dramatic film. I avoided it, I think in part because I’ve spent much of my life scared of watching Once Were Warriors. Finally, I brace myself to sit down and watch it, ready to be scared and shocked, and I laugh. And laugh. This is a fabulously funny and delightful film.

The film is told through the eyes of Boy, with all of the confusion that an eleven-year-old brings to the world. Boy is a great character. Funny, delightful, trusting and foolish. The film is funny and most definitely worth watching.

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