Eagle vs Shark Reviews
Not only a well executed film; but beautiful cinematography of New Zealand which enhances this mesmerizing tale of a different kind of love story.
AND YES! That -is- Jerome from Flight of the Concords.
There are hilariously awkward moments making it a cut above most romantic-comedies. You'll either enjoy the actors' droll line readings and the all around quirky cuteness or simply groan from moment one onward. I enjoyed it.
The story of two (or more) nerds was put together so well, that sometimes I wanted to become a nerd myself... Lily (Loren Horsley), a shy, wistful girl, is a songwriter when no one is listening. She got a job at a local fast food restaurant and has a crush on of the customers - Jarrod (Jemaine Clement), a geek who works in a video game store. Jarrod doesn't even notice her nd he has his eyes glued to Lily's workmate, Jenny. With Jenny not at work one day, Jarrod gives Lily an invitation to his "dress as your favourite animal" party to pass along to her, but Jenny crumples it up and throws it away upon receiving it. Lily retrieves it from the trash... and things start happening!
The film's script was a result of the Sundance Film Festival Director's and Screenwriter's Labs workshops in June 2005. The film was shot entirely in New Zealand, in and around Wellington and Porirua, during 25 days in October and November 2005 with a crew of 35 workers. One of the things I really liked in this movie were the segments done in stop motion - utilizing both props and actors.
Most of the critics in their reviews were comparing this film with Napoleon Dynamite but to me this New Zealand creation had its own distinctive style mainly due to above mentioned animated segments and the emotional honesty. partialy thanks to whimsical little interludes of animation, but mainly because it ties blithe absurdity to a rock bed of emotional truth.
Not as good as Napoleon Dynamite or Gentlemen Broncos, but it still had that quirky humor that I love.
It starts out with much more promise before that go on a road trip to his hometown. Kind of a let down after that.
And he's great but I actually kind of fell in love with Loren Horsley's character, Lily. She is so sweet and genuine. I love the way she looks at the world.
There were some very poignant moments which I didn't really expect. Some of the relationships in this film are so well depicted thanks to great writing and acting. I especially loved the relationship between Lily and her brother.
Also loved the aesthetic of the film; great claymation segments, art direction and costumes. And I have never seen a town with so many murals!