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Movie Review – Love Birds

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Like I’ve said in a few reviews recently I’ve seen a lot of the new kiwi films recently, not all though, and sadly, in my opinion, they have been either bad or flawed in many ways. Not to mention they have mostly been dark and dreary along the lines of so many past New Zealand films. So I’ve been wondering can’t we really make anything else? ‘Boy’ is of course an amazing example of a film that didn’t do the ‘normal’ kiwi thing and look what happened there! Kick ass movie with kick ass box office takings! But with that aside you can imagine my delight when I got invited to the press screening for ‘Love Birds’, which was billed as a kiwi romantic comedy. Awesome! With Rhys Darby in the lead role this promised an instant high level of the quality of the humour and I sat down ready for something different for a change and hoping for another ‘Boy’.

“Doug (Rhys Darby) lives in the perfect no worry world but his life shatters when long term girlfriend Susan (Faye Smythe) dumps him. Though Doug discovers an injured duck and starts to nurse it better. This new found motivation propels Doug into a new journey in his life which causes him to fall in love with veterinarian Holly (Sally Hawkins). The path to love is never easy though, and just when you think you've got a handle on it, it takes flight. Susan comes back into his life, and Doug must learn a valuable lesson, lean on his friends and follow his heart.”

Now this film was not on the level of ‘Boy’ and that has nothing to do with the fact they are different genres and very different films. But what this film is, is a huge breath of fresh air! Sure it had its dramatic moments, as all romantic comedies do, and it had its ups and downs over the quality of storytelling and the jokes, but I really think it worked! It had some great genuine ‘laugh-out-loud’ moments and had a great twist to the normal romantic storyline with a duck being a side character! With Darby doing a solid job in the lead - I still think his best work is yet to come - and with a good supporting cast this made for a great ‘feel good’ kiwi film, which we have been lacking in a big way.

8 out of 10 from me.

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