The story follows a young Maori boy, usually referred to just as "Boy", growing up in a poor region of New Zealand countryside, where he dreams of seeing two men - his father, and his idol Michael Jackson. When his father does finally arrive, having been released from prison, Boy begins a relationship with him, often oblivious to his father's less savoury side.
Waititi stars as Boy's father Alamein, while the cast of children led by James Rolleston and Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu shine in this film. The comic timing seems to be a specialty in Waititi films, and it comes to the forefront here.
It really is a sweet film, and one of the best to come out of New Zealand in recent years. I highly recommend it to any fan of comedy films.
beautiful film about a boy who finds reality after idealising his father but does not lose his imagination. It's also about dancing like Michael Jackson
I especially appreciated the Michael Jackson references and performances throughout the film, be sure to watch for the thriller tribute Maori style once the credits scroll it's awesome!