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Eagle vs. Shark
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by Katharine Leis

"Misfits have never been better"
5 stars

Eagle vs. Shark opens with Lily (Loren Horsley) talking to herself in a mirror as if she were both the man of her dreams asking her out, and herself responding. From the get-go, it’s apparent that this will be one odd film.

The scene switches to one of immense anticipation as we are taken to Lily’s place of employment, Meaty Boy, a fast food restaurant in the mall. Lily’s massive eyes grow twice their size as the object of her desire, Jared (Jemaine Clement), finally comes in around five minutes after twelve. He unfortunately goes to the other cashier, even though Lily’s line was tactfully empty.
Jared is the manly mulletted half spoken half wit of Lily’s dreams. Though he’s so oblivious that he gives her an invitation to his party and asks her to give it to her coworker Ginny, she doesn’t let that stand in the way of her love. Ginny casually tosses the invite into the trash, which Lily quickly recovers. The party’s theme is that you are to dress as your favorite animal. Lily invites along her brother Damon (Joel Tobeck). She goes as a shark and Damon as a tarantula. At the party, we see Jared is the eagle. The highlight of the party is the video game competition. Jared is last year’s champ, and so all the partygoers must do battle with each other before getting to do battle with him for the title. One by one, Lily destroys the other competitors until she gets to Jared. The theme of the whole film plays out in their video game battle.
Despite not being interested in her before, Jared invites Lily to his room, where he shows off many of his ideas and inventions. Thus begins their relationship.
The main goal for Jared during the course of the film is to prepare for and then fight with his old nemesis, Eric, who will be back in their hometown soon. Lily travels back to Jared’s home with him as he readies for battle. While at home, a myriad of other oddities in the forms of people spring up. Jared’s sister and her husband, his nine year old daughter who was conceived at a party, his father who is in a constant state of depression due to the early death of his brother Gordon, his friends, and his dead brother’s fiancee, and a few others.
Intertwoven within the film is the animated stop motion tale of two clay apple cores who drift alone, run, travel, and eventually find each other, much like Lily and Jared.
The hero of the story is, of course Lily. Her parents both dead and not much really going for her in life, she still is able to stay happy. As she tells Jared’s dad, “there’s lots of bad bits in life but there’s good ones, too.” It’s that simple. She doesn’t complain, she does her best, she doesn’t get angry. She is pushed beyond her limits at times but quickly returns to her sweet self. Honestly, Loren Horsley is the most adorable and hilarious woman to grace the screen in recent history. Her understated humor and physical comedy are unique and a joy to watch. She is the tiniest little thing but manages to grab and hold all the interest whenever she is on the screen.
Jemaine is probably most recognizable in the US as “that guy on the Outback Steakhouse commercial,” though he’s one half of the TV series “Flight of the Conchords” which is thought to be the next big TV series in the US and has already been a hit in his home country of New Zealand. He meshes perfectly with Horsley, using expressions and physical humor to convey much more than the dialogue alone ever could.
There are many messages to this film. The biggest one is that “there’s always hope.” The interactions between the characters and the dreams and regrets they all have are sometimes laugh out loud funny and sometimes almost tragic, but they are never forced. Overall, it’s a really fun film that one could watch many times and still be caught off guard by all the hundreds of things that happen. It is refreshing to see a film that completely ignores the blockbuster formula but manages to stay on track and keep the audience interested the entire time. That is no easy task, and definitely not one that a big studio would risk.

Eagle vs. Shark has already been compared to Napolean Dynamite, but other than the similar “misfits are people too” feel of the film, there is nothing remotely the same. This film could easily become the next big audience smash favorite, once again proving that many of us have and will appreciate something a lot different.

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User Comments

5/09/09 Mac Like Nap Dyn, most characters are just unlikeable. Lily's char saves it- plus jemaine 3 stars
5/27/08 daveyt everyone compares to Nap-Dynamite... because it doesn't really have much individually... 2 stars
2/09/08 Samantha P a lot like Nap. Dynamite, but still hilarious! the music is great, Jemaine is too funny! 4 stars
11/09/07 caiphn Horse! 3 stars
9/09/07 Ben Doesn't take itself to seriously, yet seriously is funny and sweet. 5 stars
6/15/07 William Goss Eccentric rom-com that is, yes, like Nap. Dynamite has less humor, heart than it means to. 3 stars
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  15-Jun-2007 (R)
  DVD: 08-Jan-2008



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Directed by
  Taika Waititi

Written by
  Taika Waititi

  Loren Horsley
  Jemaine Clement
  Craig Hall
  Rachel House
  Brian Sergent
  Joel Tobeck

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