So back to the movie.. >> SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!
This film is a carry-on from the first 'Sione's Wedding', and is set 5 years later in Central Auckland. The main four Samoan Boys - Albert, Michael, Sefa and Stanley(known as the 'Duckrockers') reunite because of the death of Sione(Michael's brother) who got hit in the head with a basketball. They're set forth on a mission by the minister to find Paul(Bolo) whom they think is to blame for Sione's death. Throughout the film, secrets are revealed, not only the reason and detail behind Sione's death, but secrets of the indivual duckrockers themselves (well of course its been 5 years!) After all the blitz and fits, everything is calm by the end of the film which is a good thing.
Once it had all finished, my first thought of the movie... "IT WAS ALRIIIIGHT :/", and why would I say that it is alriiiight when I should say that it is Brilliant?? because, there were some good bits, and some not so good bits! But thats what I thought at first, I dont know what the rest of you's think!
The Positives: what really stood out for me throughout the whole film was the beautiful setting and scenery of Auckland Central i.e Grey Lynn Suburb, Ponsonby shops, Richmond Road and its public library, K'rd, and lastly my ought most favourite.. my own dear mother-church 'Newton Pacific Island Presbyterian Church'. The visual techniques used in this film were Bang-on, supporting the acting and bringing out the beauty of our city, and of course it goes that Auckland Central is a place where most Islanders live and first came to from the Islands, so all Pacific Islanders would relate to the setting! I also found some of the main actors like Shimpal Lelisi(Sefa), Robbie Magasiva(Michael) and Madeleine Sami(Tania), quite amusing to watch, since the first film which wasnt quite up to it. Those three stood out because they are natural actors, and their characters wernt over-exagerant but normal Pacific Islanders in this second film (unlike Stanley and his poor belief about holiness). Some of the script made me laugh too :)
The Negatives: I kind of disliked the scene which involved the strip club and the action in the cubicle EWW(close your eyes children). Yes any kiwi can relate to those situations in their lives, but there are way more better scenarios that Pacific Islanders face. I would've loved to watch a scenario that involved honouring your Parents, like paying deep respect to the People's heritage (a movie like that reminds me of 'The Orator-Le Tulafale'), but I suppose this film's plot revolves around Samoan-kiwis who love to drink and stuff like that :/ That is significant in a way. This film didnt so much have a story to it, although it did flow quite well that the duckrocker's mission had been accomplished at the end of one long day.
If I were to rate this film... 7/10! I thought I'd see my mum and sister in the wedding scene in our church, but NO sorry your faces were blurred out hehe. I would recomend this to you if you are keen for a laugh. Not sure if my mum would laugh at it though.. she'd say a big fat "A'E" (samoan for 'what da hell') but thats mum and we are both different! Its a huge blessing to see our Pacific Island films rolling in! I know that this was the dream of our grandparents who first came to New Zealand so that the new generation would make their mark. I am deeply excited for more films to come.. then what do you know, you'll probly be seeing me on the big screens haha yeah right (as an xtra).