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Whale Rider is certainly nothing new in terms of its predictable, not particularly subtle storyline, but it's still very effective owing to the overall competent execution, direction and the fact that it was shot on real location led to its much needed authenticity. It's also a very moving, endearing film which is beautifully acted by young, deservedly Oscar-nominated Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Great performance by Castle-Hughes and a depiction of the muted group theory
A superb film that beautifully expresses a young girl's indigenous mystically spiritual contact with nature and the sea in the form of a whale, while she battles the gender bias of her patriarchal grandfather. His journey of her whole life in accepting his granddaughter's destiny is told in epic fashion. It's a movie even more empowering for young girls everywhere than a fantasy such a Wonder Woman can ever be!
Heartwrenchingly beautiful and ultimately uplifting!??
A New Zealand Classic
Good ratings, but you wouldn't know it from the comments posted below. Guess all the Super Reviewers are afraid to like a movie that makes them feel good. The family and cultural tension felt real to me. And I was a total sucker for the end. No shame.
Amazingly charming movie and a peek into the Maori culture
Well made but I can't see it holding up to rewatching.
In terms of sheer emotional gravitas, Whale Rider is one hell of a movie. Castle-Hughes was so amazing she reduced me (a grown adult) to tears quite a few times during scenes where she had to constantly try and prove her worth amidst a male-centric Maori culture. The constant pin pricks into the cushion of our emotions can be a little draining but that said, it's one of the most wonderful movies to come out of Oceania.
The movie was truly a spiritual masterpiece...