cblaze’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm a sucker for these kind of movies. Fish out of water. Looking for family. Cantankerous old man turned friend. Road trip. Outlandish action oriented circumstances turned up the dial to Looney Tunes levels of wacky. I loved this movie.
This movie felt like it was told by Ricky Baker. The little details that make no sense outside the mind of a 13-year old - it works. It was magestical. It was silly. I had fun. I laughed my ass off. I cried a little bit. There's an emotional core that's strong and makes me smile big writing about it.
We've seen the role done so many times before - but Sam Neil brings something different to it. He's got an honesty and extra warmth that makes it ever more believable.
Julian Dennison was outstanding as well, as Ricky Baker. I really connected and felt for him. I could sense his vulnerability and his heart, even through the tough kid act.
I guess the thing is to call it twee or something internet savvy - but Taika Waititi uses a great sense of style to play up the whole story into something more than the simple tale it was. A great sense of quiet and timing to make the film work on a more subtle level despite some of the broad humor.
I loved these characters. I loved this movie.