Another one of those quirky indie comedies about awkward people who have off-beat, sweet encounters set to acoustic indie rock music - and not one of the better ones. The biggest problem is that Jemaine Clement's character is such a contemptible dweeb it's hard to understand why she - a frumpy, but more or less likable sort - is in love with him. On top of that, it's just not funny.
Eagle Vs Shark is an emotionally touching & humanistic film that's able to be both brutally sardonic & stunningly sincere, bitterly ironic & tenderly compassionate. About a meet cute between two geeks & their resulting romance, many have compared this film to Napoleon Dynamite & while the two have a number of surface level qualities in common, the intent & attitude towards its characters are very different. [cont.]
While I give it a low rating, this film resonated with me. Underneath all the rather nauseatingly twee quirkiness, lies a very relatable female protagonist and a very sad story. Three cheers for the painfully awkward and ignored! Alas, except in real life these things are neither cute, attractive, or quirky -- it's just all sorts of terrible.
*steps away and starts self-pity party*
Taika Waititi has such a way with film. He makes the most our of small budgets and crafts beautiful shots that look way more expensive than they should be.
Eagle vs Shark is a love story. It will make you laugh, giggle and you'll feel like you are right there with them. Beautiful
Pretty dragging. I agree, the 'cuteness' it invokes is nauseating at times. Is Napoleon Dynamite the epitome of contemporary nerdiness? I can see him hovering over Jarrod's body. Technically wise though (cinematography, soundtrack).