Pork Pie 2017 Online
“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.
“Pork Pie” is a remake of the 1980 film “Goodbye Pork Pie.” “Pork Pie” bursts with energy, social consciousness, and it made me laugh quite a bit. It begins with a frenetic foot chase through a large junkyard. A gang of tough looking men are in pursuit of a young man who just barely escapes in a glossy new yellow ‘Mini Cooper S.’ The young man is racing around the Wellington countryside and crosses paths with the other lead, Jon (Dean O’Gorman). Jon is going through a bad break-up and to put it lightly, had some major car trouble. We learn the Mini driving Maori youth is named Luke (James Rolleston). After a run-in with a police officer, Luke admits the car is stolen and the two are forced on the lam. Jon and Luke have some great chemistry and funny but natural conversations. The duo hit the road South and end up befriending a disgruntled fast food worker named Keira. Ashleigh Cummings, who plays Keira, lit up the screen recently in the relentless but intelligent Aussie horror “Hounds of Love.” I think she is a gifted comedic actress as well and was the perfect addition to their misfit team.
I have enjoyed other Kiwi comical exports from the talented minds of Taika Waititi and the comical musicians, Flight of the Conchords. This movie is a bit broader than the more tight and cheeky approach by Waititi. “Pork Pie” has a bit of a slapstick edge at times but I found it pretty funny and not too over the top. The three leads really land their physical and comic timing. There are some thrills as well with some impressive driving stunts. One set piece, in particular, has the Mini driving through a mall full of people, then jumps on a train to escape. Even more impressive is that it looked practical and real, not a touch of CGI.
Some filmmakers have traveled just to capture and make use of the otherworldly topography of New Zealand. Luckily, being made by a Kiwi crew, they know where to shoot and also give a tangible feel to Kiwi life. The camera is fully utilized using aerial shots, capturing the winding roads, marvelous lakes, and rolling green hills. Their journey seems to cover the majority or entirety of the country. “Pork Pie” also takes its time to let the audience get to know the characters rather than just display nonstop gags. Near the end, it does stall a bit with a drawn-out finale that should’ve taken a shorter route, although it was worth it for the journey to get there.