By Adam Ray Palmer
The golden oldie feature continues on Cineroom! Yes, it’s the revisit of the classic ‘Acquire, Hire of Fire’ feature – but this time with me!
How does it work I hear you ask? Well, if you Acquire a film, it means you love it. If you ‘Hire’ a film, it makes you like and would rent again; and of course, if you ‘Fire’ a film, you probably hate it.
I decided to choose the topic this time, so here is the ‘Taika Waititi’ edition…
In this edition, to celebrate the release of Jojo Rabbit on DVD, I wanted to do an Acquire, Hire of Fire feature on Taika Waititi’s back catalogue (including his acting credits). Waititi’s rise over the last decade has been phenomenal - from a comic actor to an Oscar-winning writer. So, to acknowledge his achievements thus far, he gets the A, H or F treatment!
The ‘hire’ choice wasn’t actually a difficult one, and if I am being honest, none of my decisions were hard. This choice in particular has to go to Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarök. The sole reason for this really is because Taika Waititi changed the game with superhero movies. Ragnarök was charming, witty and expertly written for all ages. This movie catapulted him to stardom.
Thor: Ragnarök follows the titular character who is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar. Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela. As writing and directing go, Ragnarök is a triumph – but it’s not even Waititi’s best!
This was an obvious and predictable choice. Taika Waititi’s supporting role in the 2011 movie Green Lantern has condemned it to the pits. If we ever do a Ryan Reynolds edition, this will more than likely be the ‘fire’ choice too, it’s just that underwhelming and messy. This really isn’t a bandwagon thing either, even Reynolds says he doesn’t like it.
Green Lantern centres on reckless test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds) who is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps. Even the narrative is bloody mental to be honest. But hey, it’s a pay cheque isn’t it, Taika?
Finally, my ‘acquire’ choice has arrived. There could only be one winner here and it is the 2016 masterpiece, Hunt for the Wilderpeople starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. This movie is journey for two dysfunctional characters played by the aforementioned. It follows the duo as a national manhunt is ordered for the rebellious kid (Julian) and his foster uncle (Sam) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Everything about this film hits the nail on the head. The casting is spot on for a start as we see their blossoming chemistry hit chord after chord as the movie progresses. In addition, the balance between emotion and witty comedy is formidable as the writing, which seems so simple as it plays out, is in fact littered with many complex layers. It’s a beautiful film and one that should live on many people’s DVD shelves.
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