Eagle vs Shark (2007)
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Taika Waititi's first feature, Eagle vs Shark, doesn't quite work for me, and to my surprise, that's down to Jemaine Clement's character. This is a romcom about two extremely awkward people, meant to make you cringe. Loren Horsley's shy girl sort of blossoms once she's in a relationship, but it's hard to accept her devotion to Clements' jackass. I've known people like him, and there's possibly something poignant about this man-child who lies to prop himself up and is a constant disappointment to his family (and himself). I only say possibly, because we don't see enough vulnerability or heart from him. This is a relationship that can only be maintained by her. And perhaps that's true to life, though his extremes veer on caricature for me. Mind, there was a lot of truth in the film. Meeting someone's family and bonding with them more than you do your significant other? Been there, done that. The not-really-funny, not-really-well-done, not-really-interesting stuff normal people take part in also felt quite real. So I'm giving it a middling score, but a high middling, if that makes any sense. I suppose I like Clement so much, I was disappointed by his single note. Horsley, however, is pretty wonderful. And Waititi is just stretching his legs, getting ready for better things.
Can't explain the amount of love I have for this film :D
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