Glory days. It's the release of What We Do In The Shadows, a film that many writers at I'm With Geek have been champing at the bit (or chomping at the neck) to sink their teeth into. Bringing New Zealand humour into the sunlight (no, it burns), where it has tentatively sat in cult classics and The Flight of the Concords television series, hopefully, everyone will ignore dystopia young adult fiction and head to see this brilliant film. But before vampires, Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement created one of the best romantic comedies of all time - Eagle Vs Shark.
It is the answer to all our prayers. While Hollywood churns out beautiful people falling in love beautifully and unrealistically, New Zealand answer with a story about genuine characters that are chocked full of quirks and realism. In fact, the film was based on actress Loren Horsley original character Lily and it works as her first outing on the big screen. Lily is an unsung hero that we all need; she is kind and generous if not a bit dim and shy, very rarely getting angry. On paper, her love for Jarrod shouldn't work but it does, in heaps of laughter filled moments and awkwardness that we can relate to. (For example, the sex scene at the beginning where it takes longer to pop on a condom than it does to actually do the deed.) And Jermaine Clement is brilliant as the self -involved but tragic Jarrod who makes you really hate him one minute and then feel completely sorry for the next. With fantastic acting and sharp writing by director Taika Waititi, Eagle Vs Shark is a kooky romance that warms the coldest parts of your soul.
Eagle Vs Shark may break my rule; that no film is without faults. Though there are some that may find the humour at a stretch boring because it is its own particular brand, Eagle Vs Shark is damn near a perfect love story. It is one that you see on the streets everyday and is not left to any stretch of the imagination to fathom out.
Eagle Vs Shark has bite and soars just as high as the greats.