Two Little Boys
Two Little Boys centers around the characters of Nige (Bret McKenzie) and Deano (Hamish Blake) two used to be inseparable friends, now going through a bit of a feud. The film kicks off with Nige doing circuits up and down (presumably) the main street in Invercargill, when, due to no fault of his own, a series of unfortunate events causes Nige to run over a Norwegian backpacker, killing him.
Nige naturally panics and rushes over to his ex-best friends home for help.
After initially holding onto a grudge, Deano takes charge and helps Nige get rid of the body.
Of course things don’t go to plan, but it’s ok, Deano has plans, if only Nige can hold it together and act normal, going about his day to day life.
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Two Little Boys is a very dark comedy. One that works in some part but not in others. Bret McKenzie is the stand out character, filling his role with ease, whilst Hamish struggles to get into character until midway through the film when Deano starts to go a little psycho. His descent into homicidal madness is a dark joy that makes Two Little Boys worth a watch on it’s own.
As a whole the film is a little quirky and could do with a little more direction, but in the end it manages to wrap up nicely leaving you with a warm, but uncertain feeling inside.
R15 Offensive language and several scenes may offend.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read