ABC Film Challenge – Crime – J – Joyride (2017)

Director: Matt Murphy

Writer: Matt Murphy (Screenplay)

Starring: Dean O’Gorman, James Rolleston, Ashleigh Cummings, Antonia Preddle, Matt Whelan, Siobhan Marshall


Plot: Pork Pie tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of the New Zealand in a yellow mini, protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a media frenzy hot in their pursuit.

Tagline – The misfits. The Mini. The mayhem.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Fun Little Adventure


Story: Joyride starts when Luke (Rolleston) steals a mini escaping from thugs, he nearly hits author who is travelling across New Zealand for a wedding Jon (O’Gorman) and on their journey they pick up feisty young woman Keira (Cummings) as they are running from a past they can’t control.

As the three bond they each reveal why they are on the journey and they three start to guide each other through their problems and their causes, all while evading the law.


Thoughts on Joyride


Characters – Jon is trying to crash a wedding, not to steal the bride or anything, to try and make up with his ex, who he left at the altar. He wants to make up for everything, though he doesn’t know how to go about it. Luke is the young man who stole the car, he is on the run from some thugs, while dealing with his own loss, he needs somebody to be there for him. Keira is an animal activist that works in a fast food restaurant she joins the guys after learning they are travelling towards a protest, she wants to be part of, showing that she is planning to us the incident to make an impact. Susie is the ex of Jon that was left at the altar, she doesn’t anything to do with Jon, however much he tries to come back to her.

PerformancesDean O’Gorman and James Rolleston are both good in their roles in the film, they manage to have good chemistry and handle the emotional sides of their story too. Ashleigh Cummings completes the main line up with her performance equalling theirs.

StoryThe story shows an unlikely trio travel across New Zealand for different reasons, as they travel they must help each other with their problem as they become outlaws through the country. This does feel like a coming of age movie with the Luke character, a sort your life out movie for Jon and learn about yourself movie for Keira, the three stories mix together to show us how adventure can bring new meaning to life. We get the emotional levels required to make you laugh and cry which can be hard to achieve. This is a story that will stick with you without being one that gets bogged down with too much going on.

Action/Comedy/Crime/RomanceThe action comes from the car chases around the country which are entertaining and like many films include minis. The comedy comes from moments the three go through trying to escape, which shows how the crimes they are committing will only make things worst for the group. The romance is motivation for Jon which shows just how far he would go for love.

SettingsNew Zealand is the backdrop for the movie which shows us how beautiful the country is and how driving across it can be achieved.

Scene of the Movie –
The final car chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The love story takes over too easily.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun film that balance three stories well at times before falling slightly short with concluding a couple of them as well as it should.


Overall: Good little action crime comedy.





ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – B – Boy (2010)

Director: Taika Waititi

Writer: Taika Waititi (Screenplay)

Starring: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititit, Morangi Tihore, Cherilee Martin


Plot: Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Delightful Bundle of Joy


Story: Boy starts as we meet Boy (Rolleston) in 1984 he will be telling the story to us, he is 11-years-old living with his grandmother and little brother Rocky (Eketone-Whitu) who have been waiting for their father Alamein (Waititi) to come back. Boy loves Michael Jackson and wants nothing more than to see him live with his dad, once his dad returns he sees a light come into his life, but just how long will he stick around.


Thoughts on Boy


Characters – Boy is an 11-year-old boy that has been living with his grandmother and is the eldest of many children living there, he loves Michael Jackson and hopes one day for his father to return to him to take him to see his icon, he needs to learn quick once his father does come back into his life though. Rocky is the little brother of Boy, he believes he has special powers, his innocence isn’t thrown out by his father’s return though. Alamein is the boy’s father, he has gotten out of jail to locate his stolen money, he struggles to be the father he was expected to be, he knows how to talk himself out of bad situations and we are left to see if he will take responsibility in the future.

PerformancesJames Rolleston is fantastic in this leading role, he keeps the pure innocence about his character from start to finish in the storytelling process, that is both engaging and funny. Te Aho Eketone-Whitu is good in his role, he gets a lot of laughs in his story which at times is from a distance from Boy’s. Alamein shows us just how talented Taika Waititi is, he knows how to hit comedy from behind and on front of the camera.

StoryThis story follows a returning father that needs to rebuild his relationship with his kids after being away in jail, we see how the kids idolise him, but he isn’t ready to be the responsible parent. This is told through the eyes of the children which adds the innocence to everything that is going on. This does feel like a by the book story, but the way it is told makes it stand out to be truly enjoyable.

ComedyThe comedy hits well through the film, you will have plenty of laughs through the film, but more importantly you will go through the range of emotions as we follow the story unfold.

SettingsThe settings show the struggle Boy and his family are going through as they search for just hope in the future.

Scene of the Movie –
It might be the opening, but how Boy introduces to everyone is wonderful to watch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Trying to impress Chardonnay

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful comedy drama, that has the full stamp of Taika Waititi on it showing his style of comedy and storytelling that you can see a mile away.


Overall: Charming comedy drama.