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Boy 2010 ****

There’s been an understandable rush of enthusiasm for Taika Waititi on the back of strong comic work with original properties Eagle Vs Shark, What We Do In The Shadows and putting en engaging personal stamp on Thor: Ragnorok. That style has developed, but it’s also seen in early work like 2010’s Boy, a coming of age story featuring James Rolleston in the title role and Waititi himself was the boy’s father. Boy is a slow-burning film, but one rich in compassion and delicate in intent. And a post-credits scene, featuring the whole class perform a choreographed dance routine to 80’s hot Poi E is an absolute delight, and a perfect ending to a film that commands respect and admiration in equal measures.

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