Saturday, September 22, 2012
Two Little Boys - What Did You Think?
I watched recently released New Zealand movie Two Little Boys and here are my thoughts on the movie.
1) I was expecting it to be funnier given that both lead actors Bret McKenzie (Nige) and Hamish Blake (Deano) are comedians by trade. Ironically it was the third main character, Gary who is the most light hearted of the trio. It was a bit like seeing David Schwimmer from Friends in the serious Thin Red Line movie. You just can't take them seriously even though you should. Nige was a scaredy cat, while Deano was annoying, but Gary was far more light hearted. The first half was funny, but then the characters got a bit serious. Nige and Deano had a bit of a Dumb and Dumber or Beavis and Butthead do America, with neither of them being the sharpest knives in the drawer.
2) I grew up in Invercargill and while it was great seeing some iconic brands with old logos from the past like Red Stripe pies, Southland Building Society and Jimmy's Pies while this movie is listed as 1993, I think it is probably more like 1990. People even in Invercargill had moved onto bowl haircuts, undercuts and the short hair with long fringe by 1993. Mullets were uncool even in Invercargill in 1993. Maybe I am just getting old!
3) It was great seeing some famous locals like Tim Shadbolt, although I thought he may have done more and I was looking for even more local legends. It was great seeing some New Zealand actors from ages ago like Russell Smith from Play School and Ian Mune.
4) The plot was a bit dark and strange, but you expect that from a New Zealand film, especially after Scarfies was the Sarkies other main movie. I didn't realise that they would show you as much of Deano chopping up the body as they did. That got a bit messy!
5) The movie was great for showing Invercargill and the Catlins. The scenery was amazing and it was also cool seeing Camp Tautuku where I have been to many camps. Dee and Tay Streets in Invercargill looked typical. I wonder how accurate their placement of shops were compared with how they actually used to be?
My problem was that I have wanted to see this movie for ages, and so I may have over-hyped it. I still think it was good by New Zealand standards and it seems to be going well in the cinemas. What did you think of Two Little Boys? I give it 6/10.