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Taika Waititi

Author of Thor: Ragnarok [2017 film]

14+ Works 1,129 Members 14 Reviews

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Series

Works by Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok [2017 film] (2017) — Director — 619 copies, 5 reviews
What We Do in the Shadows [2014 film] (2014) — Director — 142 copies, 2 reviews
Jojo Rabbit [2019 film] (2019) — Director/Screenwriter/Actor — 129 copies, 4 reviews
Thor: Love and Thunder [2022 film] (2022) — Director/Writer — 113 copies, 2 reviews
Hunt for the Wilderpeople [2016 film] (2016) 64 copies, 1 review
Eagle vs Shark [2007 film] (2007) 28 copies
Boy [2010 film] (2013) 27 copies
Two cars, one night (2003) 1 copy

Associated Works

Free Guy [2021 film] (2021) — Actor — 108 copies, 2 reviews
Lightyear [2022 film] (2022) — Actor — 44 copies, 1 review
The Most Important Comic Book on Earth (2021) — Contributor — 43 copies
What We Do In the Shadows: Season 1 (2019) — Producer — 17 copies
Our Flag Means Death Season 1 (2022) — Actor — 5 copies, 1 review
Our Flag Means Death: Season Two (2023) — Actor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Waititi, Taika
Legal name
Cohen, Taika David
Other names
Cohen, Taika
Birthdate
1975-08-16
Gender
male
Nationality
New Zealand
Birthplace
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupations
film director
screenwriter
actor

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Reviews

A film starring Chris Hemsworth (Disney, 2022).

Someone with a magic sword wants to kill gods.

B (Good).

It's certainly no Ragnarok, but I was entertained. There are pretty consistent laughs. Dramatically, the story arc is very unsatisfying.

(Nov. 2022)
½
 
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comfypants | 1 other review | Nov 25, 2022 |
This mockumentary focuses on a group of vampire housemates: Viago von Dorna Schmarten Scheden Heimburg, who moved to New Zealand in pursuit of a human woman he fell in love with, who ended up marrying someone else; Vladislav the Poker, a formerly powerful tyrant who fell out of favor when he battled "The Beast" and lost; Deacon Brucke, who sees himself as a "young rebel"; and Petyr, an 8,000-year-old Nosferatu-like vampire who generally keeps to himself.

The mockumentary also follows several other characters: Jackie, Deacon's human familiar who cleans up after the group and finds human victims for them; Nick, a human victim who Petyr turns into a vampire; and Stu, Nick's human best friend who becomes a favorite of the group of vampires and introduces them to modern technology. There was also a local pack of werewolves that the vampires occasionally encountered.

I haven't seen the TV show based on this movie, although I've read that it follows an entirely different set of characters. This movie didn't particularly leave me with an urge to watch the series, although I may one day do so just to see how they differ and whether the TV series is an improvement.

I'd heard so many good things about the TV series that I thought this mockumentary movie would work well for me. It didn't. It wasn't unwatchable and I didn't necessarily hate it, but it was disappointing. Maybe I don't have the right amount of vampire pop culture knowledge? According to the Wikipedia page for this, it sounds like it had a ton of references I probably didn't get. Would that have made it funnier? I don't know. But as it was, this just fell kind of flat for me.

For the most part, it came across as pretty awkward, which may have been on purpose. It might have worked a bit better if it had incorporated its mockumentary status more. For example, if you accepted it as a fake documentary, it was odd that Nick didn't try to get the cameraman to help him more when he was brought to the house as a victim. Also, there was almost never any sense of what the camerapeople might be feeling as they filmed - there was a bit at the beginning that stated that the documentary crew had been promised protection, and the crew ran into trouble a few times, but there were also conspicuous moments when the documentary aspects weren't fully followed through with. For example, at one point one of the cameramen was literally killed, and yet the only death that received any sort of on-screen recognition was that of one of the characters the film crew was following.

All in all, this was okay but not nearly as good or as funny as I was expecting. It also bugged me that there were no English subtitles/closed-captioning. I hadn't realized how much I'd come to rely on that for less audible moments in movies and shows until it wasn't an option.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
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½
 
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Familiar_Diversions | 1 other review | Sep 25, 2022 |
A 10-year-old Nazi finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl.

3/4 (Good).

I knew I should see this, because Waititi is funny. And I put off seeing it for this long because, ew, Nazis. And no surprises: Waititi is funny, Nazis are gross. It is what it is.
½
 
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comfypants | 3 other reviews | Feb 16, 2021 |
The tonal shift worked surprisingly well, but Odin's demise was underplayed, and the film is plagued with yet another underdeveloped villain. This could have been one of the MCU's greatest films had they made it about _either_ Odin/Hela _or_ Planet Hulk, but doing both in the same film means nothing's properly explored. They also throw away the great set up "The Dark World" did for a much more sinister installment with Loki posing as Odin for a single (if admittedly hilarious) gag scene. But those are all what-ifs. The film as it stands is quite good and very entertaining, with great action, many strong character moments and an amazing use of Jeff Goldblum. And the humour goes a long way towards making up for the shortcomings of the plot and the underdeveloped Hela. I will say this, though: The Fenris wolf was a _huge_ disappointment.… (more)
½
 
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Lucky-Loki | 4 other reviews | Jan 22, 2019 |

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