The misfits, the mini, the mayhem.
Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings play a trio of accidental outlaws on the run in a yellow Mini in this remake of 1981's Goodbye Pork Pie.... More
Luke (Rolleston) is on the run from the law, Keira (Cummings) needs to get to a protest in Wellington and Jon (O'Gorman) is chasing his love (Antonia Prebble) all the way to Invercargill. Creating chaos as they go, soon they are followed by a posse of cops and a media frenzy.
This is the feature debut from Matt Murphy, son of Geoff Murphy, director of the 1981 original.Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
If you’ve already made your mind up about Pork Pie without seeing it, it’s probably not as bad as you think it’s going to be. Hardly a strong endorsement of any film, but an inescapable thought after the world premiere of NZ’s first remake (“reimagining” the preferred descriptor in speeches on the night). Like its international brethren, one can ask legitimate questions about whether it offers more than nostalgia.... More
Does it? Sort of.
Pork Pie conjured half a dozen solid laughs out of me, along with a bunch of chuckles, so there’s definitely some enjoyment to be had. In Dean O’Gorman, the film’s found a lead whose commitment to his role exceeds expectations, adds some much-needed charisma, and helpfully distracts a little from clichéd, and not particularly endearing, character motivations (an even more unhinged chap-who’ll-do-anything-to-win-back-woman-he-wronged than typical, already borderline sinister, rom-com fare).
The other leads are adequate, with much less complexity to dive into, and some of the expected comedic cameos sparkle - in particular, appearances from Rima Te Wiata and Thomas Sainsbury. Between director Matt Murphy and cinematographer Crighton Bone, Pork Pie frequently looks fantastic, in both action and intimate moments.
It’s just so depressingly familiar though, driven by predictable plotting, well-worn tropes and unenthusing character arcs. And while Pork Pie whacks in a few “fucks” and tokes of weed, it’s devoid of the freewheeling anarchic sensibility it is theoretically channeling.
Rather than representing a counter-culture, there’s a discernible desperation to be loved by a broad audience that actually undermines such enjoyment. This presents itself in achingly obvious music choices (Royals, Not Many) and forced dialogue that leans more towards the way TV commercials trade in surface-level-Kiwiana nostalgia than the seeming effortlessness of Murphy snr. or Taika Waititi. The latter’s artistic and financial successes loom large over this, Pork Pie screaming an over-eagerness to emulate them on its way to an average outcome.Hide
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BY JacquiF nobody
Blondini Gang. The cast and crew skilfully transported a much loved
movie into the 21st century. New Zealand was depicted in it's rough and
natural beauty. From the busy city car chases to the rural southern
landscape the people of New Zealand embraced this lovable trio. The
many New Zealand actors that appeared in large and small roles were
pivotal in the success of Pork Pie. If you enjoy a chance to escape
into a different... More world then sit back, relax and enjoy.Hide
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BY Kiwi1971 lister
My only critisism was that certain parts lacked the menace that the original had. For example, the nutter who wants to join the gang was passed off as a harmless idiot rather than the psychotic portrayed in the original.
There are pivotal moments in the... More original where the remake wasn't willing to go, in order to keep it a much lighter movie. No spoilers here, if you have seen both, you can probably guess what I mean.
In reply to Karen who asked if there was anything unsuitable for a 10 year old. Heavy drug and alcohol use, sexual content, bad language and violence... So all good, hope the nipper enjoys it.Hide
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