Director Taiki Waititi is known for generating ripples of laughter in his movies. Too often are you experiencing his sarcastic humour with a feeling of uncertainty. His films are imaginative and unique, circling on major tongue-in-cheek narratives such as the fostering system, suicide and Nazism. 'Baby Done' is a new flick directed by New Zealand actor Curtis Vowell, and produced by by master Taiki, about a new mother's struggle to come to terms with losing her adventurous life as a parent. It's a topic hidden under the floorboards for many females, and males, in our society as having a child is forever seen as a blessing. I was keen to find out how this piece would break the perfection circling flawless mothers in this wild kiwi tale.
Actor Matthew Lewis is the ideal timid Brit for the outspoken title. Having the famous Neville Longbottom play the father to be figure, wishing for a safe, healthy environment for his child, was a laughable contrast to his dare devil partner. His worrying demeanor comes across brilliantly, and you feel connected to his characters sincerity.
The tone at the beginning of the film pushes the comedy forward, setting up the ultimate bomb shell for the pregnancy. As the couple go head to head, battling for prizes at their friend's babyshower, there's a reckless teenager feel. The way the writer Sophie Henderson leads you into the drama with short minimalistic lines, giving very little detail, leaves you laughing at the characters brashness.
One thing this movie takes in it's stride is it's mellow rhythm. As the lead actress Rose Matafeo tries to break free, following her dreams of being the worlds best tree climber, it's a mere cheery reminder to live each day to the full. The strongest thing about the title is the relationship dynamics, making it a memorable acting showground. Each actor has a humble and realistic connection, with the over protective parents, boozy single best friend and comforting work pal.
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Even though Rose's characters is meant to be blunt and abrupt, there were times that seemed less comedic and rather frustrating given her responsibilities. As an audience member you do lose interest in her chase early on, which could have been reversed if her pregnancy was announced towards the middle of the narrative. Because of the exaggerated slapstick, the movie makes her wellbeing seem slightly insane, a somewhat unfair representation for new mothers.
It's hard not to feel envious of the impressive freedom most New Zealanders have right now, being able to enjoy this daring picture within a cushioned red chair. As far as low budget features go, the crew of 'Baby Done' have made roaring effort to highlight the pressure our society places on upcoming parents. Matthrew Lewis's empathetic character is reflecting a 21st Century man, one that cries on the top of a bungee jump and gets pumped for post pregnancy meetings. Perhaps sometimes on the edge of silliness, bringing down the laughter, there are some unexpected moments in this indie picture that remind us to treasure the connectivity with our partner's.
Director: Curtis Vowell
Screenplay: Sophie Henderson
Cinematography: Ian McCarroll
Executive producer: Taika Waititi