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I had been wanting to see this movie for a long time and I wasn't dissapointed with it, I remember the news paper articles about the murder at the time and have seen the recent interview with one of... Read more the girls, who writes crime novels under the name Anne Perry, I enjoyed the movie, the acting was brilliant in what must have been a hard movie to make and star in. It was interesting to see the fantasy world they lived in and indeed watching the interview recently it's obvious one still is in that world, she still hasn't come to the realisation that what they did was wrong. It is worth a look as it is part of a darker side of NZ history.
Stunningly good film. Performances are out of this world by a huge quantity of light years
Great movie, a bit of cringe factor in seeing NZ in the 50s.
Great showcase of Richard Taylor and Peter Jacksons work before Lord of the Rings. Anyone who is a fan of will enjoy this movie.
It's hyped up to near hysterical level in the acting department, especially by Kate Winslet, but it captures the period brilliantly and the neurotic adolescent conflict that drove this terrible crime. One of Peter Jackson's better films.
Great movie, wonderfully acted, and very true to the original story.
I loved this story, it's almost true to the events that happened back in the 1950's was fantastic. Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey brought both girls to their acting careers. Peter Jackson once again... Read more got the scenic parts of New Zealand a great aspect to the movie. It was worth seeing again for the 4th time.
Finally go around to seeing this "old" Peter Jackson film. Enjoyed the filming and Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey seemed very well cast.
Had to watch this DVD as it is part of NZ history. That is probably a good enough reason, but its not one I would watch again. Loved Christchurch in the '50s.
Nice to see Peter Jackson in his... Read more walk on walk off cameo. Kind of "Peter Jackson starring as Peter Jackson".
Let me get this straight, this movie is highly overrated and over dramatic. The story is decent, maybe because it's a true story and Peter Jackson has a knack of telling a great story and adapt it to... Read more the screen. I give him that. But the pacing...it's always the pacing and the cuts. I know attention to details is crucial, but it's not worth it if it's not connecting with the storyline. I have to say, this movie is way before they were famous. This is actually Kate Winslet's debut performance, and her acting made me cringe. She talks with overacting high pitch, and the way she performed made me think; hey, you gotta start somewhere. The special effect is beautiful, and the scenery of New Zealand is beautiful. I have never been to South Island in New Zealand before, so watching this movie actually makes me wanna go there. Despite rough acting, rough cutting, and rough directing, the movie didn't give me anything. I usually appreciate amateur film-making or even movie festival as long it has decent storyline and decent cinematography. I want to be able to enjoy a film, not to get depressed by it. The over-the-top performances gave me a headache. The characters' personalities didn't make me sympatico a bit, and the way they depicted their characters as lunatics didn't help either. I just wish they tone it down a bit and give more room to developments. My suggestion is that they should intercutting between flashbacks and the present time, instead put the climax on the beginning and then starts from the flashbacks. To be fair, Peter Jackson does very well here. The script is good, and based on a true story, which makes it that little bit more disturbing. But not my cup of tea.
This is the movie that made Melanie Lynskey (Pauline) my hero. Both her and Kate Winslet (Juliet) are terrific. The film is full of symbolism and is really interestingly made.