2.0, Southeast Asia

Eagle vs Shark

2007 / Taika Waititi > Quirky can work, but it has to work with the film and its characters, not against them. In Eagle vs Shark, the joke is mostly on the male lead (Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords) and much of the cast surrounding him. It’s supposed to be a romantic comedy, but the film progresses more as a portrayal of family dysfunctionality. That would have been fine if it weren’t for the fact that only the female lead (who, played by Loren Horsley, is a quiet joy to watch) shows any emotional development. In the end, what seems to annoy/anger me the most is the sheer human patheticness that’s accepted. Films like Oasis approach those who aren’t capable of intertwining with society on their own behalf with intelligence and tact, but here, it’s just utilizing them as fodder for cheap, nervous laughs.