TL;DR – One of the funniest films I have seen in a while that also has a real heart to it.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a post-credit scene
Baby Done Review –
I’ve not been able to get to cinemas for a while due to a large work commitment over the last two months. So I have not been able to catch many of the new releases as I would have liked. However, I have finally gotten a chance to get back into the movies, and wow, what a film to come back to.
So to set the scene, Zoe (Rose Matafeo) and Tim (Matthew Lewis) are a couple who work together as arborists. Zoe spends most of her days climbing trees and she is good at it, as in she qualified for internationals for climbing trees. They are the last of their group of friends to have a baby, which is fine for them because they have a lot of work and internationals to look forward to … which of course means that it is the perfect time for Zoe to discover that she is expecting.
One thing this film nails is the tone, which given the very narrow path they are walking is quite an achievement. On the one hand, this is a comedy, and one of the funniest films I have seen in quite a while. But it is also an exploration of the struggle that people go through when there is a surprise that will dramatically change your life. This is a film that blends the real with the absurd in a way that shouldn’t work, but it does.
How they make this work is in its characters that feel real. Both Zoe and Tim feel like real people, having a genuine freak out about the future, especially with the news that Zoe was significantly further along than they expected. Rose Matafeo brings some great chaos to the film as her world kind of falls out from underneath her. I have not seen Matthew Lewis in anything since Harry Potter, but here he slips into the romantic lead with ease. But beyond our two great leads, the film is full of wonderful characters like Rachel House as a school principal and Madeleine Sami as a nurse. They pop in at the right moments and are a riot.
Overall the story progresses at a good pace, you will probably see where the film is going, but everyone is there with such conviction that you will go on for the ride, and I am saying this as someone who unfortunately shares the same first name as the creep in the film. I do think the story works well, well bar one plot point that was both literally and metaphorically dumped by the movie with no resolution. But that is the only moment that gave me a pause it what was otherwise a strong outing.
In the end, do we recommend Baby Done? Absolutely. I have not laughed as hard and as long as I did in this film in quite a while. The characters are all delightful, which helps support a strong story that is equal parts charming and awkward. If you liked Baby Done, I would also recommend The Breaker Upperers.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Baby Done
Directed by – Curtis Vowell
Written by – Sophie Henderson
Music by – Leon Radojkovic
Cinematography by – Ian McCarroll
Edited by – Richard Shaw & Richard Shaw
Production/Distribution Companies – Piki Films & Madman Films
Starring – Rose Matafeo, Matthew Lewis, Emily Barclay, Matenga Ashby, Rachel House, Nic Sampson, Ryan O’Kane & Madeleine Sami
Rating – Australia: M; New Zealand: M;