By now you would have heard of the majestic man that is Taiki Waititi – an Oscar-nominated Kiwi filmmaker who has consistently delivered heart-warming, funny and downright entertaining films from the touching, dramatic Boy to the hilarious What We Do In The Shadows. It was only a matter of time that the rest of the world started paying attention to the man film geeks and critics have fallen in love with.
The director’s latest film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, has been his biggest hit yet, usurping the box office success of Boy in Waititi’s native New Zealand (it’s now the highest grossing NZ film), and has recently earned a spot on the Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Movies of All Time list.
If you’re a Marvel fan, then you’re probably aware that Waititi was also chosen to direct Thor: Ragnarok, the third solo Thor film and part of the studio’s Phase 3 plan. Like Kenneth Branagh who directed the first Thor film, and the Russo brothers who directed Captain America: Winter Solider and this year’s mega-hit Civil War, Waititi hasn’t worked extensively with CGI. However, like his fellow Marvel directors, he is talented, capable and beyond deserving of the task.
What I’m excited about are the little quirks, ideas and overall vision that Waititi will bring to Thor: Ragnarok. Yes the studio will be watching, making sure the film fits with Marvel’s big picture, but ultimately this is Waititi’s world to own.
The director’s knack for comedy combined with Tom Hiddleston’s flawless delivery of Loki will elicit fits of laughter from audiences. His talent for grounding his films with vulnerable characters and touching moments will no doubt come into play whenever Thor and his brother interact. And the passion he has for the medium he’s currently owning will undoubtedly make Thor: Ragnarok one of Phase Three’s standouts.