Two Little Boys
Director: Robert Sarkies
Starring: Bret McKenzie, Hamish Blake, MaakaPohatu
Based on the novel Two Little Boys by Duncan Sarkies
Those Sarkies boys (note: not the little boys of the title) are a talented pair, aren't they? After co-writing the script for Scarfies, older brother Robert directed Out Of The Blue - in my opinion, maybe the greatest film to emerge from this country - and helmed ground-breaking, if not ratings-record-breaking, TV series This Is Not My Life.
Younger brother Duncan is no slouch either, writing a couple of episodes of Flight Of The Conchords, before eventually writing the novel Two Little Boys and adapting it (along with Robert, who also directs) for the big screen.
The film follows two life-long friends, Nigel and Deano, in Invercargill who have gone their separate ways, but are forced back into each other's lives following an incident involving a Scandinavian backpacker and an old Ford Laser. A completely dumbfounding police investigation ensues, while Nigel and Deano struggle to get along.
At some point, I think we've all asked ourselves who we would turn to in the worst situation imaginable, and Two Little Boys is really an exploration of that question. Well, explorations of that question, if you imagine the main characters from Dumb & Dumber are asking it. High class criminals, Nigel and Deano are not.
Two Little Boys has an inherently funny premise, though I found it only sporadically funny to watch play out, if that makes sense. Luckily the film benefits from the comedy chops of Bret McKenzie and Hamish Blake, who sell the jokes they're given; the pair turn in fine performances - albeit upstaged occasionally by the wonderful Maaka Pohatu - considering this is the first time either has played a feature film lead.
The film also has an ace up its sleeve in the form of its setting. Southland is so beautifully shot by Robert Sarkies (and Jac Fitzgerald) that Two Little Boys could be used as a tourism video for that part of the country.
Two Little Boys looks good, and its well written and performed, and while it isn't a perfect movie by any stretch, I think it's a great example of Kiwi cinema; this is undeniably New Zealand on film, and in that regard, the Sarkies' have done a fantastic job. Two Little Boys is definitely worth your time.
Bonus Features: Interviews with Cast, Behind The Scenes clips, Deleted Scene