2017 dir. Taika Waititi

A powerful and touching look at fatherhood and family – this coming of age comedy builds on its Hollywood (and Wes Anderson) inspirations to create a uniquely beautiful story that is sometimes dark, sometimes silly and yet pulls together into a wonderfully crafted film. The chemistry between lead actors Sam Neill and Julian Dennison puts this film comfortably above its peers in the genre, but what makes it truly brilliant is the humour and direction of Taika Waititi, and particularly his use of setting. The picturesque backdrops and lush scenery are perhaps the most important element of this characterful adventure tale.

Check out if you like: New Zealand, Wes Anderson, picturesque nature, bittersweet father-son relationships

Avoid if you dislike: Precocious children as the leads in comedy dramas

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