This is the first film by Taika Waititi that I've seen, but it won't be the last. I wouldn't see films like this without MUBI (it might be lost in the sea of Netflix) and although films about children growing up in difficult circumstances proliferate--I perhaps shouldn't have watched this right after "I'm Not Scared"--this is one worth watching. You'll need tissues for the ending, but you'll smile at the MJ homage.
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!
Part Wes Anderson, part whimsy, all pure enjoyment. The humor is spot on constantly through this film. It never loses this ecstatic energy. It mixes themes spanning all forms of serious issues with tact. Nothing in the film is particularly unique or new on the subjects, though I would never ask it to be. The film is a great sign for where Waititi is going with his career.
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.
Pleasantly surprised with my first Waititi experience. I found this to be a charming tale of boyhood. Unfortunately I then looked him up to see that he's directing the next Thor movie... Will any new exciting filmmakers not let themselves be sucked into the Hollywood machine?
i cried a lot. i love that it's so cultural and that's not lost. i love that this is clearly about a child but it's not just a children's story but it never loses the heart of a child? it's touching but never jaded? it's hilarious and heartbreaking and also heartwarming. i love it when i can watch something do so many things at once. also all the kids are adorable!
I have never loved every character in a movie so quickly until I watched this movie. Everyone is amazing and filled with flaws that I couldn't help but cry maybe 3 times watching this movie because it hits that close to home. I feel I need to recommend this movie to everyone that needs to know where they are at in life.