Finally a Hawaii movie that doesn't "dumb it down"
Anyone who lives in Hawaii knows what I'm talking about. Watching shows or movies about Hawaii where the the Hawaiian and pidgin are watered down to the point where they sound ridiculous. Not this movie! Keep up or get left behind- the Hawaiian is flying from the get go, so you have to put two and two together and pay attention. Loved it.
Also, the overall look and feel of the movie was truly Hawaiian - not some Hollywood producer's vision of it.
The braddahs that played Duke and his boys were phenomenal. They really captured the spirit of what it's like to grow up in Hawaii with your friends, and you felt that Duke was really a special, kind spirit. I look forward to seeing the wahine's future projects as well.
The only negative was that the haole boy's first half hour of acting was a little shaky, but he pulled it together and once he relaxed you felt the suspension of disbelief kick in, and the movie was nothing but enjoyable from that point.
Kurosawa is an extremely intelligent & thoughtful director who's done himself proud with this project.
Geev um, Nate! ;)
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