Sweet and stylish to a fault. I'm not sure the fluffy, intelligent comedy ever really gelled with the more grounded domestic drama, and Waititi's performance, while entertaining, seemed a little OTT -- but I was hooked from beginning to end.
Bizarre, funny, and outrageously touching story of childhood in rural New Zealand. Taika Waititi proves, again, that he is as talented on-screen as he is behind the camera, and the child actors are incredibly well cast. Overall, it's a beautiful little film.
I was in stiches for the first 30 minutes, and was in tears at other parts of the film. The film started strongly and ended even stronger. The characters are whacky but all have such heart. Beneath all the quirks, Taika Waititi's characters are always honest and genuine.
can't end a film like this better than a "thriller" haka (and the little devilish goat just walking by).
we all need fantasy to survive, but I suppose if there is a lesson it's that we have to be honest and ground ourselves from time to time.
Taika Waititi is one of the freshest and most exciting new directors out there. I am a huge fan of his and will continue to follow his career with great interest. Boy (2010) is an absolute delight and I feel like out of all of Waititi's films this one has the most heart. If you haven't seen Boy (2010) I urge you to check it out and then go watch What We Do In The Shadows (2014) and his other films!
A coming of age story told as a coming-to-grips-with-reality story that charms, engages, and delights. Waititi touches on many complex cultural issues regarding race and poverty without lecturing or moralizing--instead, humor and child-like whimsy serve as humanizing and contextualizing foils in this dreamy comedy.
its meant to be cute. and it is. but deadbeat dads are fucking repulsive. and the cycle of poor families with piece of shit fathers who leave their kids rudderless just isnt that cute. which is nothing against the movie. its well done, in that, in the reaction it draws from me.