Dir: Taika Waititi. With: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore. 87 mins. Cert: 15
Now that New Zealand’s Taika Waititi has hit the big league directing Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, his second film, 2010’s Maori coming-of-age comedy Boy, is finally released in the UK. It’s a lovely, big-hearted film, and hilarious in places. Like Waititi’s 2016 indie hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople, it’s a paean to the strength and resilience of kids. Set in 1984, Boy (James Rolleston) is a full-ofbeans 11-year-old, who hero-worships his dim-witted criminal dad (Waititi, giving a dynamite comic performance). It’s heartbreakingly sad watching Boy’s illusions shatter as he begins to see his father for the cringeworthy immature man-child he is. And with a level of emotional realness missing from most quirky indie comedies, Waititi lets in the thought that, in this deprived community, a promising kid like Boy might grow up to be a man like his dad. A tender and funny film.