Film review: Pork Pieby David Larsen
It’s not the Geoff Murphy film I’d go out of my way to rewatch today. (That would be The Quiet Earth, followed by Utu.)
Despite its efforts to seem up to date and right-thinking, the remake retains a lot of the original’s ingrained sexism. It also makes some bizarre calls on how far audiences are liable to suspend their disbelief; even in a lightweight popcorn movie, when a car catches fire on a petrol station forecourt, you’d expect people to be mildly alarmed.
So I was surprised, a little more than halfway through the new film, to notice that I’d quietly slipped over the line from irritated non-enjoyment to really quite liking the characters and the story. Any film gets better when James Rolleston is in it, and although I started out finding Dean O’Gorman’s hapless man-boy character a lot less charming than the film seemed to expect, O’Gorman is very hard to dislike for long.
Also, there’s a winning simplicity to the concept — a cat-and-mouse car chase running most of the length of New Zealand, all so one of our heroes can apologise to the woman he’s wronged. This is not the must-watch piece of nostalgic Kiwiana its marketing would like you to expect. But despite its weaknesses, it ends up being quite an easy film to like.
Directed by Matt Murphy. Opens February 2
New Zealand can't just adopt a wait-and-see stance towards this potentially catastrophic conflict.Read more
A farmers' group is rejecting the notion that reducing the national dairy herd is the most effective way to make New Zealand's rivers more swimmable.Read more
There was a 13-year gap between the Madrid train bombings and the attack in Barcelona, but that's not because of a lack of interest by terrorists.Read more
With Treasury set to reveal the state of the government books today, political parties will find out if they can afford their campaign promises.Read more
Jones can point to a multitude of design flaws in commercial buildings, but now he’s about to build towers of his own using a radical green design.Read more
Analysis - The rise of Jacinda Ardern and the resignation of Peter Dunne show New Zealand's political scene is heading towards a generational change,Read more
Apart from Fox News and anything Mike Hosking, you don't often come across genuine TV shockers.Read more