The film is critical about the patriarchal side of the Maori culture; yet at the same time with a female and young character acknowledged as the leader at the end, it also showed that the people-men- belonging to that culture could be very humble. In that sense, the film is not only about the struggle of a female character to get acknowledged but also about the profundity of Maori culture.
annoying story,happened in a patriarchal society. There is an idea emphasized to the desire mythological, lagging behind the era inside film. but it is dragging audiences to familiar end rather than shock the audience ..this film has similarities with the difficulties faced by females inside mindset of middle eastern societies. But this is not a criticism,it is portrait of a girl who is trying to prove herself here.
It's pretty hard to see past the neo-colonial praise heaped onto this, most of which applauded the film for being "emancipatory" for a "primitive" Maori culture... Brendan Hokowhitu asked: "would Whale Rider have been such a success if it forced the western audience to consider their role in the oppression of Maori people or other indigenous groups?" It's doubtful.