There aren’t many similarities between Eagle vs. Shark and How to Be Single, other than that they both have a common thread about love and relationships and solid ensemble casts. I combined this post when I started it yesterday as a way to get caught up, only to wake up in the wee hours of the morning with my fingers still on the keyboard of my laptop and an incomplete blog in front of me.
Maybe it’s for the better because I’ve had more time to think about Eagle vs. Shark, which could be my new favorite movie.
Eagle vs. Shark is unique, lovely and quirky while How to be Single falls into the same trap of commercial love stories with a few funny scenes and character moments that aren’t totally unbearable.
Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) wrote and directed Eagle vs. Shark starring Jemaine Clement as Jarrod and Loren Horsley as Lily.
Lily has eyes for Jarrod early on in the film and just waits for him to give her the time of day when he comes into the fast food restaurant where she works in Wellington, New Zealand.
Their shyness and social awkwardness fit and the rest is history when Jarrod invites Lily to his party where everyone is supposed to dress as their favorite animal … hence the title of the film.
I can’t think of one bad thing about Eagle vs. Shark, and it also has one of my favorite songs to show Jarrod and Lily’s romance — a cover of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance by M. Ward.
While it’s set against the backdrop of Jarrod traveling to his hometown with Lily to have a revenge battle with his childhood nemesis, Eagle vs. Shark is really a love story told in a minimalist style. It’s going to be your favorite movie, trust me.
How to Be Single, however, is not so minimalist. I enjoyed the roles of comedians Anders Holm and Jason Mantzoukas in the film as well as performances by Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann. From there, it was just a mix of (mostly) 20-somethings’ romantic lives created as a way to push out a romantic movie release before Valentine’s Day.
I knew what to expect with How to Be Single and I can warn you it’s not a must-see. If you’re in the mood for an ensemble cast rom-com (and somehow do not want to watch Eagle vs. Shark for the first time or again) featuring some of the same actors, try watching Sleeping With Other People.