Eagle vs Shark

Eagle vs Shark

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Eagle vs Shark

Feature debut from Taika Waititi (Oscar nominated short film Two Cars One Night), starring Jemaine Clement from Flight Of The Conchords.

Follows the romance of two grown up uber-nerds. Lily (Loren Horsley) is a fast-food cashier and Jarrod (Clement) works in an electronics store. As they strike up an awkward relationship, Jarrod becomes side tracked by his training – in preparation of taking on his former high-school bully (David Fane).

Best Director at the NZ Film Awards 2008.
2007Rating: M, violence, offensive language93 minsNew Zealand
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Variety

Variety

press

Some light laughs ensue and loner protagonists possess an offbeat appeal, but the 30ish characters, Kiwi accents and profoundly twee nature place a large question mark over its commercial prospects with the “Napoleon” demographic...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Presumably, these characters are meant to be appealing in their ordinariness, but just seem inane. The Farrelly Brothers can get away with it because their writing is smart, even if their characters aren't. For Waititi, who developed the screenplay at the Sundance Lab, wisdom consists of lines like, "life is full of hard bits but in between there are lovely bits"...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Eagle versus Shark will either hit the bulls eye for some, or miss the dartboard completely for others...

3.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

It’s just not that funny... If watching adults behaving like stunted emotional fcukwits, while spotting bits of Wellington, for an hour and a half is your idea of fun, you should go...

2.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Although the film is undermined far more as a Michel Gondry cribbage than a Napolean Dynamite proxy, it at once underlines itself culturally with a soft-spoken modesty, and belies its own shyness as a confident, assured piece of moviemaking... anyone seeking an antidote to the buffoonery (and indeed, Auckland-ness) of Sione’s Wedding, its appeal will be immense...

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Sweet-natured, modest in its intentions, and almost defiantly whimsical...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

It's a gem of geek love in Aotearoa with some virtuoso performances of awkwardness from its two leads, Loren Horsley and Jemaine Clement. This could well be New Zealand's first arthouse rom-com...

4.0
0

I found this to be a deeply depressing movie. Jermaine Clement's character was not a geek but suffered from Asbergers Syndrome. (Check it online - he has every symptom - monotonous delivery; expressionless face; completely egocentric; unable to read others body language; socially awkward; obsessive; habitually talks "at" rather than "to" people). These are...

1.0
0

Speaking as person who lives in NZ, has never been interested in watching FotConchords and had never even heard of this movies release before it was given to me as a birthday present i have to say i am proud to be a New Zealander after viewing. Yes - its similarities to Napolean Dynamite can be frustrating at times but with such great acting Clement and...

4.0
0

I have revisited people's comments of this film with interest as I reviewed it early on (from its premiere night). It would seem that there are many of us with the same opinion regarding this film which has an inflated reputation due to way too much media hype. I agree with reviewers Andy and Simon, especially Simons perceptive comment that we need to...

2.0
0

Nik: Thank you for calling people like me 'stupid', but I can fully understand the merits of a slow-paced movie. Do you think that a movie is good purely based on its pace and style of comedy? Beccy: Am I overly mature? Well I'd rather be that than someone who writes: 'freakn awsum movi!' The only 'foolish foolish suckers' around here are you two....

2.0
0

What happened here? A film that I expected to be really funny, stylish, and interesting, turned out to be dull and bland. It wasn't compelling at all, in fact it almost bored me to tears. A few mildly humours moments didn't make up for a directionless mess that was filled to the brim with pretention. This is short film material. Why was it stretched to...

2.0
0

This could be a very fun short film but sadly it went an hour too long and as a result almost killed me. (as this had 5 stars at Rialto) I wish a NZ film was reviewed correctly for a change and not promoted as something wonderful because NZ is a pretty little place.

2.0
0

Hard to get to grips with the gormless lead characters. not many belly laughs. But the teens in the audience seemed to be having a good giggle. There were a few wry moments, but a jerky film that took a long time to get where it was going, and that was hardly anywhere.

2.0
0

I really wanted to love this film considering the massive amount of hype it has received before it's first screening. But I have to say, it didn't really deserve it. There were some real laugh out loud moments, but sadly they were few and far between. Too much quirk and not enough substance. Should have been better considering the talent on board.

2.0
0

The best movie I've seen this year. I also saw it at the Civic premiere with Taika Waiata, but wondering if I saw a completely different movie to the one to the person reviewing below. Laughed throughout movie, scary how many of the awkward moments I could relate to (none with nunchucks however). Thought Loren Horsley did a fab job, very occasionally the...

5.0
0

Saw this one on its premier night at the Civic with the director in tow receiving accolades before the screening, with high expectations given his cute and quirky Two Cars, One Night (that requires several viewings to get sub-strata).... The potential was enormous but right from the outset, it was clear that this was going to be a let down. Jermaine...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Some light laughs ensue and loner protagonists possess an offbeat appeal, but the 30ish characters, Kiwi accents and profoundly twee nature place a large question mark over its commercial prospects with the “Napoleon” demographic...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Presumably, these characters are meant to be appealing in their ordinariness, but just seem inane. The Farrelly Brothers can get away with it because their writing is smart, even if their characters aren't. For Waititi, who developed the screenplay at the Sundance Lab, wisdom consists of lines like, "life is full of hard bits but in between there are lovely bits"...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Eagle versus Shark will either hit the bulls eye for some, or miss the dartboard completely for others...

3.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

It’s just not that funny... If watching adults behaving like stunted emotional fcukwits, while spotting bits of Wellington, for an hour and a half is your idea of fun, you should go...

2.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Although the film is undermined far more as a Michel Gondry cribbage than a Napolean Dynamite proxy, it at once underlines itself culturally with a soft-spoken modesty, and belies its own shyness as a confident, assured piece of moviemaking... anyone seeking an antidote to the buffoonery (and indeed, Auckland-ness) of Sione’s Wedding, its appeal will be immense...

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Sweet-natured, modest in its intentions, and almost defiantly whimsical...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

It's a gem of geek love in Aotearoa with some virtuoso performances of awkwardness from its two leads, Loren Horsley and Jemaine Clement. This could well be New Zealand's first arthouse rom-com...

4.0
0

I found this to be a deeply depressing movie. Jermaine Clement's character was not a geek but suffered from Asbergers Syndrome. (Check it online - he has every symptom - monotonous delivery; expressionless face; completely egocentric; unable to read others body language; socially awkward; obsessive; habitually talks "at" rather than "to" people). These...

1.0
0

Speaking as person who lives in NZ, has never been interested in watching FotConchords and had never even heard of this movies release before it was given to me as a birthday present i have to say i am proud to be a New Zealander after viewing. Yes - its similarities to Napolean Dynamite can be frustrating at times but with such great acting Clement and...

4.0
0

I have revisited people's comments of this film with interest as I reviewed it early on (from its premiere night). It would seem that there are many of us with the same opinion regarding this film which has an inflated reputation due to way too much media hype. I agree with reviewers Andy and Simon, especially Simons perceptive comment that we need to...

2.0
0

Nik: Thank you for calling people like me 'stupid', but I can fully understand the merits of a slow-paced movie. Do you think that a movie is good purely based on its pace and style of comedy? Beccy: Am I overly mature? Well I'd rather be that than someone who writes: 'freakn awsum movi!' The only 'foolish foolish suckers' around here are you...

2.0
0

What happened here? A film that I expected to be really funny, stylish, and interesting, turned out to be dull and bland. It wasn't compelling at all, in fact it almost bored me to tears. A few mildly humours moments didn't make up for a directionless mess that was filled to the brim with pretention. This is short film material. Why was it stretched...

2.0
0

This could be a very fun short film but sadly it went an hour too long and as a result almost killed me. (as this had 5 stars at Rialto) I wish a NZ film was reviewed correctly for a change and not promoted as something wonderful because NZ is a pretty little place.

2.0
0

Hard to get to grips with the gormless lead characters. not many belly laughs. But the teens in the audience seemed to be having a good giggle. There were a few wry moments, but a jerky film that took a long time to get where it was going, and that was hardly anywhere.

2.0
0

I really wanted to love this film considering the massive amount of hype it has received before it's first screening. But I have to say, it didn't really deserve it. There were some real laugh out loud moments, but sadly they were few and far between. Too much quirk and not enough substance. Should have been better considering the talent on board.

2.0
0

The best movie I've seen this year. I also saw it at the Civic premiere with Taika Waiata, but wondering if I saw a completely different movie to the one to the person reviewing below. Laughed throughout movie, scary how many of the awkward moments I could relate to (none with nunchucks however). Thought Loren Horsley did a fab job, very occasionally the...

5.0
0

Saw this one on its premier night at the Civic with the director in tow receiving accolades before the screening, with high expectations given his cute and quirky Two Cars, One Night (that requires several viewings to get sub-strata).... The potential was enormous but right from the outset, it was clear that this was going to be a let down. Jermaine...

2.0
0