Eagle vs. Shark is Offbeat Fun

There is something refreshing about seeing a movie during which you have no idea about what is going to happen next. This is the way I felt about Eagle vs. Shark. I couldn’t predict the awkward twists and weird turns of this lovable tale of two, dare I say it, losers. Other critics have called this movie a grown-up Napoleon Dynamite, but I found this movie more rewarding and subtle.

Eagle vs. Shark tells the story of Lily (Loren Horsley), a New Zealand girl who is looking for love. The object of Lily’s affection is Jarrod (Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords), a not-so-grown-up nerd, who is training to reap revenge on his high school bully. Lily wins Jarrod through a relentless pursuit involving fast food, video games, and a costume party. Thus begins a bizarre and heartwarming tale that takes the two back to Jarrod’s town where he hopes to make up for past failures. Lily finds herself drawn in to Jarrod’s complicated family and she must reconcile her loyalty to him. The movie features a great soundtrack with songs by The Phoenix Foundation, also from New Zealand.

This movie promises to entertain all. The quirky cadence of the Kiwi English made me giggle; Jarrod’s training routines to take on his the high school bully made me laugh out loud. If you are alive, have a sense of humor, and can understand New Zealandish then Eagle vs. Shark is for you. If you are dead, I’m sorry, I can’t help you.

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