Pork Pie
Director: Matt Murphy
STUDIOCANAL NZ
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reviewed by DANA TETENBURG

 

At the pre-release screening of Pork Pie, the producer of the film, Tom Hern, described how filming was “a crazy ride down the country.” This is exactly what Pork Pie is – an eccentric adventure with its nature based in the journey rather than the destination. I laughed for the majority of the first half, and cried through the majority of the second, which in my books is a sign of a great film.

If the name Pork Pie sounds familiar, don’t worry, you’re not going crazy. The film is homage to the New Zealand classic Goodbye Pork Pie from 1980. There are certainly some key differences, including the refining of characters and their back-stories, the use of better technology to create more swift action scenes and shots, and even a modernised Mini.

However, the Kiwi essence of the original is well captured through a mix of classic songs, locations, and even familiar faces. Of course it’s going to be good when the director, Matt Murphy, is the son of the director of the original, Geoff Murphy!

The Blondini gang is re-invented by the likes of James Rolleston as Luke, Dean O’Gorman as Jon, and Ashleigh Cummings as Keira – a trio who adopt the archetypal sense of adventure through working together despite the eclectic differences between the characters themselves. Rolleston continues to exhibit more mature roles past his fame of Boy, O’Gorman shows his more emotionally expressive side, and Cummings succeeds in being the outlandish female in the squad.

Pork Pie definitely achieved putting a modern twist on a classic icon, and works hard to fabricate the audience into a new generation of young Pork Pie fanatics.  The only thing to watch out for is that it will probably make you want to cut your losses, toss your respectful relationship with authority, and buy a Mini.

 

Pork Pie will be released on February 2nd, so you can catch it in cinemas this Waitangi Weekend!

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