It's almost midnight here and I've gotta get to bed soon so I'll just post a bit and probably more tomorrow - I've SO much to say, but it's gonna be hard without MASSIVE spoilers, or so many spoiler bars it'll be untelligible without reading them! I SO want to talk about some specific scenes! Anyway, in short, if you're open to watching slow moving character studies, and funny speaking people, you're gonna love it.
It made me so nostalgic for the 80's..! (I can't believe I just said that!) The film both celebrates and lovingly mocks how we were back then. The whole way through it was "Ha! Those awful things!" or, "We had one of those!", "I can't believe we used to do it like that..." etc etc... LOL!. Makes me disappointed for any viewer not old enough to remember the 80's well, it wouldn't be nearly so joyous for them - just a bunch of old stuff probably?!
Anyway, back to the beginning: Once we'd collected our free popcorn and plonked ourselves down, a girl came up to the front to welcome us and introduce the film etc. She told us it HAD originally been planned for Taika to be there to introduce the film and do Q&A after for us, but due to filming commitments he couldn't.
Stupid Green Lantern!
Anyway, the whole audience laughed their asses off for the first ten minutes straight (If you've seen the trailers, you've pretty much seen the whole first part), but it settled down after that as people started to get into the story. It developed surprising depth in places, but was still predominently lighthearted (very dry humour) most of the time, with many flashes of that caused us to laugh out loud! And a few less pleasant flashes too. One bit had me shocked me silent, and another had me momentarily really disliking Boy - he's not all sweetness and light. But then, that's real eh? No kid is nice all the time, and that stuff really happens. I think he's is a really well-developed character. I really enjoyed watching him (except for that one moment!) and was fully along for the ride with him the whole film - and he goes through a full character arc while we watch. You'll go "AWWW..." and "OOOH..." many times! And tell you what, that kid is a pretty good actor too - unless he actually wasn't acting and that's really just him being him!
What else? Oh yeah, the animation stuff - really really good. I didn't like the animation so much in Eagle vs Shark, I kind of thought it was unrelated and unnecessary there, but it really works in this. In Boy,
instead of being animation for animations sake, they seem to illustrate what's going on in the mind of the child we're focused on at that moment, and drawn in a style that they might do themselves. (Though I think I read somewhere Taika did them all...)
Oh that bit with Alamein getting into the car 'Dukes of Hazard' style that we saw in the trailer?... As soon as I saw the car begin to approach the dairy (Yes Helgecko, DAIRY!) where we saw it parked (in the trailer) I started laughing - way way early before anyone else. Embarrassing!
Anyway, there's no doubt it'll be a big hit here when it opens next week (the 25th). It's very very kiwi - there's probably a thousand things that foreigners won't notice, or that won't mean as much to unknowing eyes. And ears! You guys are definitely gonna have to bring your listening equipment - even I had trouble catching some of the dialogue due to the super thick (thuck!) rural maori accents. Chur! Oh there's quite a lot of bad language, and a lot of drug stuff too (marajuana) if you're concerned about that -- but both are kind of integral to the story. Alamein's character especially. He really IS a 'major egg'!
I can't wait for it to be released overseas so I can hear what all you guys think! But it's so totally UN-American-movie-like I have trouble believing it'll catch a wide audience, even though it probably deserves it. Maybe something like whatever 'Whale Rider' did? How many got to see that? Nevermind, I'll act as your DVD supplier if it doesn't get a distributor!
Meantime, I'm gonna go see it again once it opens, and don't trust any goats. (That's not as random a line as it might appear - but you're gonna have to see the film to know what I'm talking about!) Hee!