Weekday movie tip: Eagle vs Shark

Well, Ive been busy updating the blog with all the fashion shows from Paris last week, so I havent had time for the weekend movie tip.

So here, a few days late comes the tip…and this week its a good one!

“Which is the more dangerous predator: an eagle or a shark? That’s a trick question. Don’t try to answer it. You’ll have your own opinion by the end of Taika Waititi’s deliciously tangy, deadpan feature debut about two colorful misfits thrown into each other’s orbit.

Lily is one of those weird, sweet-natured girls with stringy hair who is quite lovely and charismatic under a surface of shy awkwardness. But most people don’t have enough vision to notice, and the truth is that Lily isn’t looking to change. She cashiers at a fast-food joint and pines for Jarrod, the self-aggrandizing, clueless geek from the computer store across the way. Fiercely optimistic, Lily crashes Jarrod’s animal/video-game extravaganza, impressing him enough with her shark suit and gaming prowess to score a hookup with Eagle Lord (Jarrod) himself. Soon Lily and her brother are driving Jarrod back to his hometown to confront his childhood nemesis.

But here Jarrod’s self-absorption blossoms so mightily that it may drive even the most adoring of girlfriends away. As Jarrod prepares to exact his revenge on the past, Lily’s quiet power gathers force as well. With so much subtlety and precision in Loren Horsley and Jemaine Clement’s straight-faced, oddball performances, Lily and Jarrod’s attempts to reach each other are hilarious and excruciatingly real. Meanwhile, Phoenix Foundation’s charming, moody score perfectly reflects lopsided hearts as they stumble through uncomfortably transformative terrain”

A quite odd comedy in my opinion. The strength of it lies in its extraordinary characters. If you followed Flight of the Concords then you know Jermaine Clement. The movie doesnt have many punch lines or memorable quotes.  Its more of a situation/character funny movie. It is pretty weird, but still one of the best comedies Ive seen in recent years.


1 Response to “Weekday movie tip: Eagle vs Shark”

  1. January 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Hahah I saw that one.. it’s pretty funny! I love that part when they’re at the houseparty and the Talking Heads track “This Must Be the Place” comes on. I have it as my ringtone. 🙂

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