As part of my new blog, I’m going to be reposting all of my older reviews from years gone by, as it’s interesting to go back and look at some of the things I had to say about these films, as it makes me think if I still hold true to my thoughts on them.
Though I won’t be reposting them exactly as they were, as like any good writer says when they revisit old work, it’s always nice to touch them up and buff out any of the imperfections that may have lived within those sentences and paragraphs. So here goes, with the 3rd review I ever wrote, back from 2008, for the kiwi film, ‘Out Of The Blue’.
‘Out Of The Blue’ is a film I’ve been meaning to see for a long time, but I just never got around to it. Then luck shined on me a few months back when a film distribution forum was held in Auckland which I attended, and as part of the deal we were given an information pack that included a DVD copy of ‘Out Of The Blue’. It was of course quickly added to the big pile of DVDs in my collection to watch (where it still sits to this day), and in the last couple of days I’ve been able to finally see this great New Zealand movie.
Now, for starters, it’s based on an amazing true New Zealand story that even today seems strange that something like that could happen here, but secondly, it’s made by a great director, Robert Sarkies, the director of ‘Scarfies’ (though also the director of the simply awful 2012 New Zealand film, ‘Two Little Boys’). Even though this is only his second feature to date, his body of work, including his TV commercials, show him to be one of New Zealand’s more interesting and talented directors. So I knew from the ‘get go’ that this was going to be something great.
With some of the most naturalistic performances I’ve seen in a New Zealand film for a long time, was just one of the many great things about this film. Each scene in the film was given so much breathing room. Now that might sound like a strange thing to say, but each scene was given the perfect amount of attention to detail for the performances to shine. Also with the use of the directing and great camera work, the full force of the emotional impact of the situation was evident in every scene.
All of that added up to this being one of the most emotional New Zealand films I’ve seen since ‘Once Were Warriors’. I do have a love hate relationship with New Zealand films, because when they are bad, they are bad *coughtwolittleboyscough*, but when they are great, there is nothing better. ‘Out Of The Blue’ is a story every New Zealander should see, as we should never forget this tragedy that happened back in1990.
9 out of 10 from me!!!