October 3, 2005

Whale Rider

I first heard about Whale Rider while watching Ebert & Roeper and it didn't really appeal to me. I figured it was your typical heart-felt drama, moving but probably boring. That is somewhat correct.

I don't think I would want to watch the movie again, but it was better than I expected, and actually very interesting. I think that it was much more interesting because it brings to life the legend of Paikea. There is a very rich mythology and culture that you learn about through this film, and in that way it is sort of like a dramatic documentary.

Of course, the story is also very good. And I was very surprised at how well Keisha Castle-Hughes acted. I find it hard to believe that she was acting. It's pretty commonplace to see actors showing emotion, but almost all the time, you feel like an outsider or that it just isn't quite real. But that's not what I saw with Keisha. It felt honest.

I also very much enjoyed the music. Probably because it sounds very indigenous, with tribal vocals and authentic sounding instruments. It's very ambient sounding and I liked that aspect of the sound.

Posted by josuah at October 3, 2005 4:54 AM UTC+00:00

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