This film is a story about a reggae band called “The Pa Boys,” who are made up of three guys: Danny, Cityboy and Tau. As they embark on a tour “down north” in New Zealand (Aotearoa), the boys face the inevitable tensions of life on the road together.
For Danny, it became a much larger issue when he’s convicted about not knowing where he’s from, his culture and ultimately, his identity. Whereas Tau, on the other hand, is noticeably very much connected to his Maori culture and ancestral background. Because of their differences, the two find themselves literally throwing punches at one another, which puts the band at risk, threatening to disrupt their easy-going musical status.
While Danny is on his path of self-discovery, he also has a growing sense of resentment and alienation. He separates himself from the rest of the group, feeling disconnected and all alone in this journey. Tau and Danny get past their conflicts and come to find that the only way Danny can find his identity is through Tau and his bloodline.
“The Pa Boys” is saturated with relaxing, soulful music that is hard to not enjoy, and it addresses spiritual concerns like discovering as well as accepting your cultural roots. The music scenes in the film gave viewers a sneak peek into the pub-life, which also encapsulated the small towns in New Zealand and the relaxing vibes, but exhilarating attitudes people have towards local bands like the “The Pa Boys.”
I loved seeing a glimpse of the landscape in New Zealand and getting a taste of the Maori culture through this film. The cast was flawless, as I could not keep my eye off of Francis Kora and Matariki Whatarau who played Danny and Tau. And man, can they sing. My heart literally skipped a beat every time they sang into that microphone.
Even before watching “The Pa Boys,” I had a special interest in it because I actually plan on travelling to New Zealand with a friend early next year and am even more excited after seeing this film.
I would encourage everyone to watch this energetic and uplifting film that captures the best of New Zealand, from its culture, scenic beauty and musical talents, it explores the themes of identity, friendship and discovering your roots. I’m especially calling all females to watch the film, as you have my word that you will not be disappointed.
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