Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House
Director: Taika Waititi
Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Book-to-Film | 2016
This movie is basically a Moonrise Kingdom, but the romance is replaced with a father-son like relationship growth. So a young, troubled boy goes to live with a foster family and actually finds a loving home from the woman. Her husband on the other hand, not so much. Well, long story short the woman dies and some things get burned to the ground, and the two guys end up in the woods running from the law.
All in all, this movie was really confusing to me. On one hand, I don't understand why the young boy and old man needed to run from the law. And I also don't understand the point of the over bearing social worker trying so hard to hunt them down. I mean, in real life, I'm pretty sure that after a month of searching there wouldn't be such extravagant search parties that include SWAT and all that happening in the middle of the woods. But what do I know about New Zealand laws? Nothing.
I really didn't like the whole "chapter one" "chapter two" etc as the scenes changed. I guess they just wanted to truly stick to the book that it's based off, but I don't know sometimes (not all the time) I don't like things being explained to me. And for the way the plot was, I don't think it was necessary.
I just felt like this movie was sort of a waste of time. Towards the end I started liking it more than I did in the beginning, perhaps because I saw where the "moral" of the story was heading. But the interactions of all the characters, not just to man and the boy, were just so strange. It reminds me of another movie, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
There was some comedy to the film. A little one liner/laffy taffy jokes to keep the amusement up, but I don't think it was enough. I'm going to give this movie a "Hated It" because I just didn't really enjoy it at all nor would I watch it again. (1/5).
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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