Flicks, Liam Maguren
With its wholehearted emphasis on a younger generation attempting to reconnect their scorned elders, the Vaiaoga-Ioasas have effortlessly installed a Polynesian family-centric ethos into the framework of an all-ages Christmas movie. Seeing Matai dressed as Tongan Santa and Sam as his worker elf is an added bonus.
It works so well, in fact, that you’d swear it had been done before. If there were more backing for Polynesian filmmakers to make broad crowd-pleasers, maybe it would have.Full review