Pork Pie Steve-Newall'S REVIEW
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.
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.
A good laugh, and clever 'reimagining' and great filming, in fact I liked it more than the original!
t.This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in many years.First Pork pie was good,but this was hilarious.So go see it people.
Pork Pies delivers a fresh and sassy version of NZ's iconic Goodbye Pork Pie. Kiwi Millennials you'll enjoy watching this one.
I wavered between two and three stars but went three based on the number of gags it landed. More than expected.
I don't necessarily agree with Bob, but Steve, it isn't a 3 star film. Offers nostalgia and not much else unfortunately.
I meant our friend BOB on here. Not Steve. Nice one Steve, carry on.
Pretty sure you didn't actually see Pork Pie based on that review mate.
Your review harks of someone desperately trying to justify the 3 star rating...bit of a cop-out if you ask me.
Lifeless, almost shot-for-shot, location-for-location remake that makes for turgid viewing. Even the car sucks!